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Devonport 400m Final - Results.

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1 Devonport 400m Final - Results. on Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:50 am


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The moonlit Devonport Track was the perfect venue for a fairytale ending as the field for the final of the Devonport 400m stepped into their blocks.

Early predictions from expert Pro-running reviewer Smoke N MiRrOrZ only served to distract the favourites and left the crowd with a final void of any John Henry or Mark Hippworth Stable runners (though Henry looked very ill behind the main grandstand before the final it is unknown whether this was caused by the 6 steak dinners he had to share with the sprint-handicapper prior to the carnival or the bad burritos consumed during the lunch break). Instead it was left to unknowns like Brendan Cole to try their luck.

The field included: Cole, 9, Waldron, 16, Burbidge, 18, Lahey, 24, Gilroy, 25, Gates, 28, Robinson, 28, and Reeves, 32.
After a false start to Lahey, and a subsequent 2m pull, when the race started proper it was Waldron who made the first move quickly closing the gap to Burbidge who ran the final like he had spent the $3000 first prize he expected to win on 600 steak sandwiches between his heat and the final.

The Yellow of Lahey was the next to make a move, striding strongly down the back straight (curve). As the commentator got distracted by moves on the inside from Cole and Waldron around the final bend, it was Reeves on the outside who stayed away from the chasers.

Whilst it looked like Cole was coming fast on the inside, it was Reeveā€™s ability to avoid decelerating which got him over the line by a full stride over Waldron, Gates, and Cole in 4th.

A great final 150m to watch in perfect conditions and on a perfectly mowed track. Apologies for the absence of a winning time, it was faster than David Culbert's ability to pay amateur runners to run at professional carnivals.

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