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Hobart. Back with a bang in Gift

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1 Hobart. Back with a bang in Gift on Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:30 am


Back with a bang in Gift

BRETT STUBBS | January 09, 2012 12.01am

TWO years away from competitive running in Saudi Arabia did not stop Michelle Davis from taking out yesterday's 100m Hobart Gift.

The physical education teacher, 29, has just returned to Hobart after teaching in the Middle East.

She recorded her first victory in a gift, beating fellow Ray Quarrell-trained runner Kimberley Bush and Ulverstone's Abbie Chapman.

Davis was not finished there. She won the 300m event later in the day, giving her an amazing nine wins this season over various distances, including the Burnie 400m event last week.

Starting off a 5 1/2m mark, she completed the gift in 12.5 seconds.

"I was quite slow out of the blocks as I usually am," Davis said.

"Two or three of the girls came up on my shoulder, one of them actually passed me, so I knew I had to kick.

"I went past them about halfway, then about 30m out from the line I knew I had it and managed to hold on from there.

"This is my first season back since I've been overseas and back training with Ray. There is nothing out there [for competitive running] in Saudi Arabia. I worked out in the gym and ran around on the sand track on my own," Davis said.

Launceston's Sam Henley, better known in the long jump and triple jump, demonstrated his speed and versatility winning the men's 100m gift in 11.39 seconds after starting off 3.5m from Edward Gates and Daniel Lemoto.

The Hobart 2000m wheelrace was taken out by Matt Nicholson, who started off 70m, in a time of 2 minutes 9 seconds.

Nicholson, a first-year under-19 rider from Burnie, was on track to win the Burnie Wheel before mechanical problems hit. He was a clear winner from Adam Hartley and Roy Martin.

Martin's third was a surprise as, at 47, he was in the veterans' category.

2 Re: Hobart. Back with a bang in Gift on Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:34 am


Baker holds on to take Hobart victory
09 Jan, 2012 04:00 AM
PERTH cyclist Georgia Baker took out the women's wheelrace at the Hobart Bikes and Spikes carnival held at New Town yesterday.

The junior track world champion held off Launceston's Sophie Kelly and Hobart's Edwina Hughes in a time of 2:09.05.

The men's wheelrace went to Launceston's Matt Nicholson from Burnie's Adam Hartley and Devonport's Roy Martin.

Blackwood Creek runner Sam Henley won the men's gift.

Running from a handicap mark of 3.5 metres, Henley crossed the line in the 100 metre event ahead of Highclere's Edward Gates (2m) and Woodbridge's Dan Le Moto (4m) in a time of 11.39 seconds.

Gates was runner-up to Canberra runner Brendan Cole in the Burnie Gift on New Year's Day and his second place was his seventh for the 2011-12 carnival series with a victory remaining elusive.

Bruny Island sprinter Michelle Davis won the women's gift off 5.5m, from Kimberly Bush (3.75m) and Ulverstone's Abbey Chapman (2m) in 12.5 seconds.

She also won the women's 300m, which was her ninth victory of the series.

Westbury runner Jeremy Whiteley took out the men's 800m, from a mark of 50m.

Hobart's Sam Morey was second (85m) and Devonport's James Plapp was third off 125m.

The winning time was 1:50.15.

Hobart's Jarrod Gilroy was too good in the men's 300m, beating Kimberley runner Gene Mawer and Launceston's Ryan O'Halloran in a time of 33.61.

Mawer won the masters 100m race while Hobart's Paul Tucker was judged winner of the men's masters 300m after Plapp was disqualified.

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