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1 Carter wins Maryborough Gift - News Reports on Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:09 pm

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Mornington's Matt Carter won the Maryborough Gift for the second consecutive year. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Maryborough Gift: Carter goes back-to-back
Ballarat Courier
01 Jan, 2011

MATT Carter has won the Maryborough Gift for the second consecutive year.

Carter, of Mornington, crossed the line in 12.871 seconds — 0.181 seconds slower than the fastest qualifying time — to claim back-to-back titles.

Ballarat's Simon Menz finished the 120m race in sixth place, ahead of his trainer Rob Lehmann (eighth) and Ballarat-trained Bros Kelly (seventh).

Fastest qualifiers Ben Weaver, of Mt Eliza, and Richard Hankin, of New South Wales, finished second and third respectively.

Earlier, the pair had won their respective semi-finals with a time of 12.69 seconds.

The men had also raced each other in the heats, with Weaver narrowly beating Hankin across the line.

Maryborough Gift placings:
1. Matt Carter
2. Ben Weaver
3. Richard Hankin
4. Nick Magree
5. Peter Walsh
6. Simon Menz
7. Bros Kelly
8. Rob Lehmann



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Athletes contest 'quality field' in Maryborough Gift
NATHAN DOLE
Bendigo Advertiser
02 Jan, 2011


MORNINGTON'S Matt Carter sprinted to a historic victory in the $15,000 Bendigo Bank Maryborough Gift (120m) on New Year's Day.

Carter, 22, achieved consecutive wins in the sprint classic at the 150th Maryborough Highland Gathering and also joined an elite club as a dual Maryborough Gift winner.

Racing off a mark of 2.25m, Carter beat Mount Eliza's Benjamin Weaver (6.50m) and New South Wales athlete Richard Hankin (5.50m) in a closely-fought finish.

"This is unbelievable," Carter said shortly after racing to victory.

"It's an amazing feeling to have won the Maryborough Gift again."

Carter said a "quality field" which included Robert Lehmann, Nick Magree, Peter Walsh, Simon Menz and Bros Kelly made him work extremely hard to clinch back-to-back titles.

His win capped a great day for the Bruce Gulliver stable after Tom Templeton won the open 70m.

Strathfieldsaye's Mitchell Hocking won the novice 400m as several Bendigo athletes started the year by contesting finals at one of the most popular and biggest athletics carnivals in the state.

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Matt Carter (red) raises his arms in triumph as he crosses the line, from Richard Hankin (white) and Bros Kelly (blue).

Carter celebrates back-to-back Maryborough Gift victories
NATHAN DOLE
Bendigo Advertiser
03 Jan, 2011


MORNINGTON’S Matt Carter sprinted to consecutive victories in the $15,000 Bendigo Bank Maryborough Gift (120m) on New Year’s Day.

Carter, 22, joined an elite group in winning the sprint classic at the 150th Maryborough Highland Gathering for a second time.

Racing off a mark of 2.25m, Carter beat Mount Eliza’s Benjamin Weaver (6.50m) and New South Wales athlete Richard Hankin (5.50m) in a closely-fought finish at Maryborough’s Princes Park.

The winning time was 12.87 seconds, but thousands of hours had gone into his build-up.

“This is unbelievable,” Carter said shortly after racing to victory.

“It’s an amazing feeling to have won the Maryborough Gift again.”

Carter, who collected $8000 for his win in the Gift final, said a “quality field” which included Robert Lehmann, Nick Magree, Peter Walsh, Simon Menz and Bros Kelly made him work extremely hard to clinch back-to-back titles.

In the first of 10 heats, Carter won in 12.80 seconds from Kevin Brittain.

“Today was always going to be a lot tougher than a year ago,” Carter said of pursuing back-to-back Maryborough Gift wins.

In 2010 he raced off five metres.

“Being back two-and-three-quarters was always going to be a challenge.”

But it was a challenge he responded to brilliantly.

In the semis, Weaver won from Carter, and placings were reversed in the major showdown watched by thousands. At 40m to go, Carter was within a metre or two of the leaders.

“I was fairly confident of my chances, but only in the last stride or two did I think I had the race won,” said the Bruce Gulliver-trained sprinter.

Carter’s win capped a great day for the Gulliver stable after Tom Templeton won the open 70m.

“It’s been a great day,” said Carter, whose dad, Richard reached the veterans 300m final.

Matt Carter’s 2010-11 season includes victory in the Peninsula Gift in early December.

The myotherapist will take a few weeks’ break from racing to plot his next attack on the VAL circuit.

A major goal in 2011 will be to contest the 100m and 200m at the national championships in mid-April.

Carter said the Bendigo Thousand (120m) at the Bendigo International Madison carnval in early March was on the cards, along with contesting this year’s Stawell Gift and Ballarat Gift.

Having ruled the track on new year’s day the past two years, Carter aims to return on January 1, 2012, to chase a hat-trick of Gift titles at Maryborough’s Princes Park.

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Carter picks up rare double at Maryborough Gift
Ballarat Courier
03 Jan, 2011


“CRAZY, absolutely crazy”, was Matt Carter’s immediate response to sealing back-to-back Maryborough Gift titles on New Year’s Day.

Carter became the second runner in the race’s 120-year history to have completed the rare double — Melbourne’s Cameron MacKenzie was the first with consecutive wins in 1997 and 1998.

Just like his first win, Carter knew victory was his in a desperate lunge at the line.

“This is massive,” Carter said.

“I just love coming out and running here — there’s such a buzz and you get so fired-up.

“I had a feeling I was going to get up.

“I knew I had it when I crossed the line.”

Carter, aged 22, posted a winning time of 12.87 seconds with fastest qualifiers Mt Eliza’s Ben Weaver and New South Welshman Richard Hankin second and third in a near-blanket finish at Princes Park.

The Mornington sprinter was forced to work harder in his title defence, running off the tighter mark of 2.25m — last year he started on 5m.

He was backmarker of the entire $15,000 Gift field.

The Bruce Gulliver-trained athlete said he worked hard with his coach in the off-season to power off the shorter start.

Their initial aim was to make the Maryborough Gift final after a disappointing show at Woodside a fortnight earlier in the Victorian Athletic League season.

Carter emphatically won the first heat and was a narrow second to Weaver in the semi-final, but worked the soft, uphilll track to his advantage in the Gift final.

Ballarat sported three runners in the eight-man final.

Simon Menz won his way through in emphatic style, topping his Gift heat and semi-final.

Menz ran in the lane next to his trainer Rob Lehmann, who won heat seven and claimed a spot in the final as a fast qualifier from the semi-finals.

Ballarat-trained Bros Kelly battled ankle pain in the heats but qualified for the semis, in which he ran a strong second to Menz.

Kelly, who hails from the Mornington Peninsula, had Carter wary.

“It was such a quality field with guys like Bros and (Richard Hankin), who ran second in the Stawell Gift (in 2008) and Nick Magree in the final,” Carter said.

“...I won the Peninsula Gift off three metres a month ago and had a good hit-out with Bros there, he was second.”

The myotherapist and part-time Bunnings worker will not attempt a double this weekend, instead opting to miss today’s Daylesford Gift and rest.

Carter will return to base training and focus on sprint events at the national track and field championships.

But we can expect to see him out in force at the Stawell and Ballarat gifts in late April.

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