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WA’s last Stawell Gift winner

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1 WA’s last Stawell Gift winner on Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:14 pm


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It’s been two decades since WA has had a Stawell Gift winner. Recently we had the pleasure of catching up with Western Australia’s last Stawell Gift winner Dean Capobianco (pictured above, far right in 200m World Championship Final) who now resides in Sydney, NSW.

Capobianco was easily WA”s richest professional prize money winner having won Stawell (VIC), Bay Sheffield (SA), Burnie (TAS), Austin Robertson (WA), Northam (WA), Midland (WA) & dual Mazanod (WA) Gifts plus countless other local and interstate backmarkers races in the 1990′s. Along with that Capo won several national 100m, 200m & 4x100m titles as well as being the first Aussie to hand Commonwealth Gold medallist and Australian sprinting legend Darren Clarke his first defeat by an Aussie in the 400m.

In 1993, he became the fastest white man in the world in the World Athletics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, when he set a new personal best of 20.18 seconds over 200 metres.

“One thing that was very noticeable about Capo was not only his incredible natural talent, but his tremendous work ethic. He was easily one of the hardest workers in the training group which rubbed off on some of his peers, and he had the natural smarts to go with it! He was always willing to help his fellow athlete with encouragement and tips, this is what made him an outstanding athlete” – Interview by WCAL Chairman Paul Edmiston.

Q. It’s been 21years since you won Stawell in 1991, do you still remember it well?

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2 Re: WA’s last Stawell Gift winner on Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:41 pm


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"Tremendous work ethic". Seriously? For an athlete who left the sport because of a drug ban, this seems a stretch.

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