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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Marion Gift Review - Tim Johnson's Breakthrough victory

Marion Gift Review - Tim Johnson's Breakthrough victory

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Breakthrough victory

By Paul Young
Southern Times
17th January 2018

VETERAN Tim Johnson won the first race beyond 120m of his 23-year running career when he prevailed in the 300m open at the Marion Sports Club carnival on Sunday.

The 44-year- old scratched from the 120m Gift to ensure he was fresh for the 300m, an event he has typically only competed in once or twice a year.

“I didn’t give myself a chance to win after feeling tired in the heat,” said Johnson, who has won more than 25 sashes in athletics.
“But once I got clear in the straight, I felt great.”

Johnson (28m) opened an unassailable lead on the turn to finish 5m clear of Camden’s Brad Harvey (24m) and College Track Club’s Wallace Long-Scafidi (12m) in the time of 32.97 sec.

In only his third start, teenager Jacob Aston (7m) surprised his more experienced rivals to triumph in the 120m open Gift. Dale Woodhams (8m) and AIM’s Mitchell Tucker (7.25m) finished second and third respectively.

Brighton’s Caitlin Francis (12.5m) claimed her first victory since 2012 and her first in open company when she held off Bay Sheffield runner-up Caitlin Stallan (7.5m). Team Townley’s Lyn Peake celebrated her 68th birthday with a gutsy triumph in the women’s 300m.

Flagstaff Hill’s Asher Gillings (48m) edged out WASP’s Michael Papanotis (32m) and Camden’s Hunter Window (44m) in the under-18 boys 300m.

National junior 400m champion Rose Pittman flashed off home of the back mark of 4m to take the tape ahead of Lily Mackareth (20m) and Bethany Bell (30m).

In the 1600m all-comers, Coastals junior Max Underwood (370m) ran strongly to the line to record his first victory.

"Let's Go While We're Young"


Is Jacob Aston any relation to Stawell Gift finalist Chris Aston?


Jacob Aston is the some of Chris Aston.


The combined ages of the winners of the open 300m and the women's 300m was 112 (44 & 68); an average of 56. That has to be close to being the oldest combination for the two open male and female events in pro running history.

Compare that to the Bay Sheffield where the combined age was 30 ( two 15-year-olds) for the two main events.

Lyn Peake should just about win performance of the year. Inspired by her birthday on Sunday, Lyn was actually passed in the straight by a 29-year-old, got about a metre behind, then fought back to win on the line.


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