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Kimberley Bush looking for home town win at Hobart

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Home town win on gift list

Hobart Mercury
January 08, 2012

HOBART'S Kimberley Bush is hoping to add a home-town gift to the 300m title won last year when she runs at today's Bikes and Spikes Carnival at New Town.

The 24-year-old sprinter, trained by Ray Quarrell, has turned her attention from the longer race to the sprint and is homing in on her maiden gift title.

At the North-West Coast Christmas carnivals Bush qualified for the final of every 120m gift she entered, running fifth at Latrobe and Burnie. She was the first Tasmanian home in third spot overall in the 70m Devonport race.

"I am going in both [the gift and the 300m] but I'm focusing on the gift," Bush said yesterday.

"I will see if I can win the 100m - after winning the 300m last year, that would be nice.

"I have been training hard and racing really well the last four weeks over the Christmas carnivals and leading up into it, so hopefully I can run well."

Now in her fourth season of competitive running, the medical recruitment officer said individual athletic achievement appealed to her more than team sports.

"I actually have a preference of individual over team because if I do well it is my success," she said.

"If I do badly it is my failure and I have to fix it. When I succeed I've got all of that to myself - you put in the work and you get results."

She has a best time of 12.77 seconds for the 100m and has made the final of the 400m in Stawell, finishing sixth, but is now fully focused on the 100m and 120m gifts.

Her main opposition is likely to come from teammate Michelle Davis and last year's Hobart Gift winner, Morgan Gaffney, from Somerset.

Racing at the New Town Oval will start at 11am and will feature the women's gift (2.30pm), preceded by the 2000m wheelrace (2.20pm) and the men's 100m Hobart Gift (2.25pm). Races run every five minutes up to about 5pm.

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