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PROTRACK » GENERAL » 1996 Prahran Gift - 20 years ago. A Backmarkers Special!

1996 Prahran Gift - 20 years ago. A Backmarkers Special!

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20 years ago the 1996 Prahran Gift was run on a warm summer's evening at Toorak Park. There was an element of excitement due to the number of elite level athletes the Prahran Athletic Club had organised to compete, via the assistance of Nick Bideau.

The Prahran Gift final included four athletes on 3.50m or less. The winner Jason Richardson ran off 2.50m while Ryan Witnish 1.00m, Peter Crane 1.75m, and Ashley Rowan 3.50 made up the top four.

The Australian 100m record holder Damian Marsh (10.13sec) was organised to compete, but was coming off an achilles injury. From memory he was initially given scratch but it was changed to -1.0m. He was run out in the heat. Marshy never ran at Stawell so I think this was the only time he ever ran in the VAL.

Cathy Freeman didn't make it out of her 100m heat (not sure if this was the year her blocks slipped?) but she did run 2nd in the 400m heat. (See Below).

Two elite Kenyan athletes ran in the 1600m but were unable to make it into the top three of the 1600m. My memory is vague but I think one of them may have finished as high as sixth.

From the HISTORY Page
Friday 2nd February 1996

100m Gift
1st. Jason Richardson (2.50m) $1,600
2nd. Ryan Witnish (1.00m) $800
3rd. Peter Crane (1.75m) $330
Time: ???s.
Event backmarker was Damien Marsh off -1.0m.
Others in final: Ashley Rowan 3.50m, Ben Hamilton 5.00m, Andrew Neideck 9.50m.

400m Open
1st. Darren Wishart (39m) $400
2nd. Bernie Keirl (48m) $190
3rd. Matthew Sandilands (26m) $80
Time: ??
Event backmarkers was Tony Briggs (Alice Springs) off scratch who did not run.

Womens 100m
Top 3 were Lauren Hewitt (3.00m), Bernadette Marantelli (10.00m) and Ann Fearnley (8.00m). Not sure what order.
4th. Danielle Perpoli (3.00m)
5th. Andrea Groves (7.00m)
6th. Jodie Victory (10.75m)
Event backmarker was Cathy Freeman off scratch.

Freeman ran 2nd in her heat of the 400m (off scratch) to K McCallum (46m) who ran 53.03s.

1600m Open
1st. Clinton Staehr (150m) $600
2nd. Craig Couper (160m) $300
3rd. John Paarsch (150m) $150
Time: 4-05.62
Event backmarkers were Elijah Maru and David Kibet (both Kenyan) off -15m.

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