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Giving big names run for money

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1 Giving big names run for money on Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:00 am

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24 Dec, 2011 01:00 AM
JUGGLING a medicine degree and running may have been a challenge, but it certainly hasn't slowed Ulverstone runner Abby Chapman down.

Making the combined men's and women's final of the Rosebery Gift last weekend, Chapman held her own against the blokes, finishing sixth.

While the 22-year-old sprinter isn't placing too many expectations on herself ahead of this summer's Basslink Christmas Carnivals, she is certainly planning to give the bevy of big name athletes competing in the series a run for their money.

"I'd like to think I was right up there in the finals," she said yesterday.

"This year I have worked hard on my speed and technique, particularly my starts, which was probably my main weakness.

"So hopefully the hard work will pay off."

Chapman will need to be at top speed against Melissa Breen in the first heat of the women's gift at Latrobe on Tuesday.

Australian sprint champion Breen has been given the honour of the back mark for the Latrobe and Burnie Gifts and will start just ahead of scratch, from 0.25m.

Chapman will start off 6.5m.

"I'll try not to think about (Melissa) and just run my own race," she said.

"Last time we met I beat her by one one-hundredth of a second, so there's not much between us."

"It's been a hard year with my uni studies, so I'm not expecting big things for the carnivals.

"But you just never know, anything can happen on race day.

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