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Caldow wins second Bay Sheffield

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1 Caldow wins second Bay Sheffield on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:36 am


I know it's a few days late, but just thought I'd post this as a matter of having it on Protrack - mainly for the photo.

Jordan Caldow, right in white, successfully defends his crown in the lucrative Bay Sheffield at Glenleg's Colley Reserve. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: The Advertiser

Caldow runs to back to back Bay Sheffield title

by: Reece Homfray
From: The Advertiser
December 29, 2011

TEENAGE sprinter Jordan Caldow became just the fourth runner to win back-to-back Bay Sheffield titles with a stirring run at Colley Reserve.

The 18-year-old is believed to be the first teenager to win consecutive crowns and is the first since Al Green in 1983-84 to achieve the feat in the 120m sprint.

If last year was special when he won it as a 17-year-old, this was extraordinary.

He ran off 3.75m and beat Jordan Tronnolone in a photo finish and Robbie James and James Cibich, who dead-heated for third, in the time of 12.59secs.

"I'm definitely stoked and it's the best I could have hoped for," Caldow said.

"I didn't expect to make it through my heat and my hamstring is sore, but somehow I managed to pull it off.

"This year was a bit easier for me because last year I was the favourite and had a lot of pressure on me. This year I just worried about myself and it doesn't get much better."

Earlier Caldow produced a herculean run to win his semi and storm into the final, while Olympian Josh Ross started his semi off scratch and was pipped on the line to miss the main event.

In the women's final, Victorian Kendra Hubbard made the interstate trip worthwhile by upstaging $1.20 favourite Alicia Wrench-Doody to win the $5000 first prize.

Hubbard, who was third in the women's gift at the Bay last year, shot home to beat Zoe Steele - who has been runner-up in the final three times - and Ali Trewartha in third.

"I've had my eye on this one for a couple of years," Hubbard said.

In other feature races last night, Chris Hartley came from behind down the home straight and lunged at the line with his last stride to beat Josh Nolan in the 1600m selected backmarkers' handicap.

Bryce Watkins ran the outside lane in the final stretch but still won the 550m open handicap from Mark Beveridge in a photo finish.

Sam Osmond gave the field an 8m start but mowed them down to win the first ever under-18 Junior Bay Sheffield.

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