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Family Affair at Hunter Track Classic

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1 Family Affair at Hunter Track Classic on Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:12 am


It's a family affair at the track
By Mike Hurst
The Daily Telegraph
January 26, 2011

SOME of the most famous names in athletics will be in action this Saturday at the Hunter Track Classic, although it may be a while before the likes of Freddy Ovett can emulate his father Steve's world record and Olympic gold medal heroics.

The young Ovett will race at the Glendale track in the 800m - the event his father won "by mistake" at the 1980 Moscow Olympics where Seb Coe had been the favourite.

The Ovett family migrated to Australia a decade or more ago with Freddy doing very well in the schoolboy scene in Melbourne.

"He moves like a thoroughbred," top track agent Maurie Plant said.

But Freddy will face some senior talent in the 800m and perhaps the favourite is James "Bolo" Gurr, whose father Richard was a celebrated NSW champion at 100m.

In the 100m, Jacinta Boyd is another following a rich family heritage in athletics. Her mother Denise is a two-time Olympic 200m finalist and Commonwealth gold medallist, while her father Ray won Commonwealth gold in the pole vault.

The Hunter Track Classic (6-9pm) marks the start of a domestic circuit rich in head-to-head clashes on the road to next year's London Olympics.

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