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Gander back in the game after Noosa Gift win

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1 Gander back in the game after Noosa Gift win on Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:16 pm



Gander back in game after Noosa Gift win
By Steele Taylor
Sunshine Coast Daily
18th Nov 2013

LIAM Gander has next year's Commonwealth Games in sight after making an imposing return to competition at Noosa Heads yesterday.

In his first race in almost a year, the 25-year-old won the $5000 Noosa Gift by beating Gary Finegan and Jason Gough off a handicap mark of 7.5m.

And it was the style in which he won, in 10.88 seconds, which should raise the eyebrows of Australian athletics pundits.

"It was 102.5m and I've done sub-11 on the grass and it's been raining so I'm pretty happy with that," he said

"I'm coming back into fitness pretty quickly."

Gander is just 10 weeks back into the sport after an extended layoff.

"My coach (Tony Fairweather) moved from Newcastle to the Gold Coast (earlier this year) and I couldn't move right away because of funds and stuff," he said.

"I picked up a bit of work in Newcastle and worked there for six months and made my move up in August after I had saved a bit of money.

"When I got there I got back into training hard and it's working very well.

"We've got a different training program now.

"It's a lot more intense and a lot more focused on certain areas."

Gander was selected in Australia's 4x100m squad for the World Track and Field Championships in South Korea in 2011.

But the two-time Macksville Gift winner's dreams of representing his country at the 2012 London Olympics failed to eventuate.

"I was a bit overweight, not fat weight," he said.

"But I was two kilograms over and it was costing me in the last part of my races and unfortunately I didn't make it.

"But I've got back and worked on that and I'm back to the same weight I was before.

"I'm improving quickly and I'm looking good for the Commonwealth Games."

The national selection trials for Glasgow 2014 are set to be in late March or early April.

"So I'll try and peak around that time and hopefully I'll be in good enough shape," he said.

While Gander is unlikely to race on the track until February, he could compete in another handicap race at the Gold Coast in a fortnight.

Placegetters for $5000 Noosa Gift (110m)

1 Liam Gander
2 Gary Finnegan
3 Jason Gough

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