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Devonport Men’s 800m Heat Results

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1 Devonport Men’s 800m Heat Results on Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:53 pm


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Men’s 800m Heat Results

Heat 1

New recruit to Greenedge Racing Michael Ryde wore the red and tacked on nicely to Tom “I’m always injured” Beard for much of the first lap. The every consistent Jerome Whiteley, last year’s Athlete of the Year, showed why he earned that award in a smooth and sensible race that saw he finish in 1st place. Sam Morey, seen taking a quick swim across Bass Straight to propose to the handicapper’s third cousin in East Frankston this morning, also ran well, striding comfortably into a 2nd place finish. Third place belonged to young Ben Covington and the 4th into the final was the white, who sat on the red after the first lap and strode strongly over the last 80m.

It was sad to see that Chris Brown could not take to the field however he was last seen stuck at Burnie airport trying to explain to custom’s officials why his absurdly bright tracksuits should be allowed into the state.

Heat 2
A battle royal of the backmarkers with Matt ‘the Greek God’ Grant chasing down Former National Champion and once-upon-a-time Santa Monica Track Club runner Justin ‘tight-jeans’ Rinaldi. Sadly, a sensation first 600m to Rinaldi came crashing down at the 200m mark as Rinaldi pulled up, blaming his early finish on a training session from 1998. In a scene of courage and determination not scene since the last 8 minutes of The Lion King, Rinaldi stepped back onto the track to finish the race.

Brodie Overton and Ryan Hage ran steadily from the front and comfortably made final, as did James Plall whose first lap was almost as beautiful as the water at Devonport Beach this morning.

Frontie and pro-veteran Mark Hipworth ran steady but could not manage enough to add to his sash collection.

Not to be forgotten was Dominic Anastasio. The benefits of playing Chariots of Fire through loud-speakers during training is now indisputable with Dominic also progressing to the final

Heat 3
A quality field in the third heat with in form VAL and TAL runners Alex Bacalja and Alec Thomas, National 400m Hurdles champion Brendan Cole, last nights Mile winner Doug Hamerlock, and Warrigal 300m winner Robert ‘the red-fire engine’ Keenan all listed to race.

None of this mattered as Alec Thomas and Aaron Humphrey drew even more attention to the quality of handicapping at this year’s xmas carnivals. The athletes did nothing wrong, running perfectly and conversing enough for tonight’s final.

3 times Stawell winner Michael Marantelli, did not start, and was instead seen practicing 20m shuttle runs perhaps in preparation for today’s Beep Test event.

Similarly, Brendan Cole, not known for his 800m, and with a mark of 55m, deemed incredibly generous by several seasoned pro-runners, especially for a 45-46sec 400m runner, did not start, instead choosing to trounce the field in the 200m.

Also making it through Shane Thiele, right off the plane after a placing at Bay Sheffield, and Doug Hamerlock, who backed up marvelously after last night’s victory in the Mile. Despite excellent runs from these two, they used too much to get through to the final and will be mere spectators later tonight.

In unrelated news, a special appearance by the Tasmanian Premier at today’s carnival was over-shadowed by the appearance of running legend David Coulbert. This reporter did have a chance to question the Premier about the next State budget, at which point the response was “I’m can’t confirm whether the $1.8 Billion dollar deficit we’ll experience in the next budget is a result of appearance fees for John Henry runners. I can confirm that he is a nice guy”.

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