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Devonport Gift winner, Samantha Lind - star of the future

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Lind star of future

The Advocate
Dec. 30, 2014

IN JUST her first tilt at the Christmas carnivals series, Sorell sprinter Samantha Lind has established herself as a star of the future after winning the women's Devonport Gift.

Running off the back mark of 10m, the 18-year-old added to her Latrobe Gift win of two days earlier to narrowly defeat Somerset's Morgan Gaffney, with Abby Chapman third.

It was a gutsy win by Lind, who was still in last place at the halfway mark and spotted Gaffney a decent margin as they turned into the home straight.

Despite pushing into a stiff breeze, Lind found the necessary speed to overtake Gaffney with only a handful of metres to go, winning in a time of 53.91.

After the race, a clearly exhausted Lind rated the win higher than her triumph at Latrobe.

"The 400m is my event, so it was a lot more satisfying and I'm really happy," she said.

"It was a really good field and with the track conditions, it felt like I could never catch up with them until the final bend, but I had to keep focus right to the end.

"You didn't notice the wind until the last bend, but by then you're just gutting it out."

Lind will now bypass Burnie and focus on her home carnival in Hobart on January 4, but has all intentions of coming back to defend her title in 2015.

"Hopefully I can join the senior races next year with Athletics Australia, but I'll definitely be back," she said.

"Let's Go While We're Young"

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