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Local runners too quick for imports in Latrobe

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1 Local runners too quick for imports in Latrobe on Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:09 am



Local runners too quick for imports

The Advocate
28 Dec, 2011

TASMANIAN runners cleaned up the Gifts, but it was a South Australian assault on the cycling track at yesterday's 115th Latrobe Carnival.

The weather gods were shining, crowd numbers were up by an estimated 25%, according to carnival officials, and the racing did not disappoint with some of the most thrilling finishes on record.

Despite a nasty crash in the fourth heat of the AJ Clarke & Sons 2000m Handicap, which hospitalised Burnie cyclist Tom McDonagh and New South Welshman Joshua Lind, the carnival set a high benchmark for its Coastal carnival counterparts.

Hometown favourite Carmen Oakley proved she is more than capable of taking on interstate fancies Melissa Breen, Laura Jane Hilditch and Lauren Boden by taking out the women's Gift.

Launceston runner Andrew Robinson also managed to hold off Victorian favourites - 2007 winner Matt Hargreaves and brother Chris Hargreaves - to claim honours in the men's Gift off 7.5m in a photo finish.

With Olympic selection just around the corner, the South Australian cyclists proved they could feature strongly in London, dominating the placings yesterday.

Twenty-year-old Annette Edmondson made it back-to-back women's wheelrace wins, holding off fellow scratch rider and Russian powerhouse Eugeniya Romanyeta and fellow South Australian Jessica Mundy.

Having spent a large majority of this year in Belgium focusing on his track work, South Australian Glen O'Shea proved the hard work was starting to pay off, winning the men's wheelrace.

Riding off scratch, O'Shea was aided by his fellow backmarkers to secure the win over Japanese riders Eya Hashimoto in second and Nishitani Taiji in third.

O'Shea had the race wrapped up as the riders entered the final bend to win comfortably by about 20m.

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Oakley scores hometown victory

The Examiner
28 Dec, 2011

Melissa Breen, Abbey de la Motte, Kimberley Bush,
Laura-Jane Hilditch, winner Carmen Oakley and Michelle
Davis sprint to the line in yesterday's Latrobe Women's Gift final.

LATROBE sprinter Carmen Oakley made it a hometown victory taking out the 2011 Latrobe Women's Gift final at Latrobe yesterday.

Running from a handicap mark of 11 metres, Oakley, 23, who is more renowned as a 400 metre specialist, just pipped Launceston 17-year-old Abbey de la Motte (7.25m) on the finish line in the second thrilling gift finish of the day.

Her winning time was 12.80 seconds and the gift victory was her 10th Tasmanian Athletic League-career win.

Victorian runner Laura-Jane Hilditch (9.25m) finished third.

``It was pretty close but it's definitely my biggest win and I'm pretty happy with that,'' Oakley said.

``It felt pretty good and I was trying to catch Michelle Davis to start off because she has been hard to beat this year.

``I got up to her pretty early and just tried to hold on with Abbey de la Motte finishing very quickly.''

Oakley, trained by Peter Fortune who also coaches de la Motte, said her form had been good this season with a couple of victories in warm-up carnivals and she thought she was a chance to win pre-race.

``I know a lot of people here so it's nice to win in front of them,'' Oakley said.

`I haven't really focused on the 120 metres before but out of those races Latrobe has definitely been the one I wanted most to win.''

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