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1988 Bendigo 5000 Semi Finals on VIDEO

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1 1988 Bendigo 5000 Semi Finals on VIDEO on Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:08 pm


The five semi finals of the 1988 Bendigo 5000.

2 Re: 1988 Bendigo 5000 Semi Finals on VIDEO on Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:05 am


In the fifth semi final, the favourite Trevor Smith (yellow) collapses on the track. We believe he suffered a broken leg which may well have curtailed his career.

He was a pretty good runner, Smith, and I reckon as a result of that leg injury, we didn't see the best of him. He actually came into the sport in his mid 20's (around 1985/86) so by Bendigo 1988 he was 27. After the 1987 Stawell Gift (4th place off 6.0m), where he was well and truly exposed after running one of the fastest heats (12.35s), he never featured in too many Gift finals after that. I suspect Bendigo may have been the last time he was a chance in any of the major Gifts. Not sure how much longer he ran after breaking his leg in the 1988 Bendigo semi final.

I think he might have won a novice somewhere (Brighton 100m?) but that's about all.

An interesting point is that after the 1986 Stawell Gift which was won by Glen Chapman from the Neil King/Evan Armstong squad, Evan Armstrong split from Neil King and started up his own squad in the winter of 1986. He enjoyed immediate success with Frank Corsello winning the 1987 Burnie and Wangaratta Gifts before winning a memorable Stawell 200m/400m double. Trevor Smith was the first athlete Evan Armstrong had prepared for a Stawell Gift, finishing 4th.

I think Evan ended up with two Stawell Gift finalists - Smith in 1987 and Kerry McConnon in 1990. Of the major Gifts - he coached three Burnie Gift winners - Corsello, Anthony Grima and Paul Slupecki and 1991 Ballarat Gift winner, Chris Russell. (And of course Corsello to the 1987 Wangaratta Gift).

Evan Armstrong won the Bendigo 5000 in 1977 but the race eluded him as a trainer.

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