Local runners too quick for imports
28 Dec, 2011
TASMANIAN runners cleaned up the Gifts, but it was a South Australian assault on the cycling track at yesterday's 115th Latrobe Carnival.
The weather gods were shining, crowd numbers were up by an estimated 25%, according to carnival officials, and the racing did not disappoint with some of the most thrilling finishes on record.
Despite a nasty crash in the fourth heat of the AJ Clarke & Sons 2000m Handicap, which hospitalised Burnie cyclist Tom McDonagh and New South Welshman Joshua Lind, the carnival set a high benchmark for its Coastal carnival counterparts.
Hometown favourite Carmen Oakley proved she is more than capable of taking on interstate fancies Melissa Breen, Laura Jane Hilditch and Lauren Boden by taking out the women's Gift.
Launceston runner Andrew Robinson also managed to hold off Victorian favourites - 2007 winner Matt Hargreaves and brother Chris Hargreaves - to claim honours in the men's Gift off 7.5m in a photo finish.
With Olympic selection just around the corner, the South Australian cyclists proved they could feature strongly in London, dominating the placings yesterday.
Twenty-year-old Annette Edmondson made it back-to-back women's wheelrace wins, holding off fellow scratch rider and Russian powerhouse Eugeniya Romanyeta and fellow South Australian Jessica Mundy.
Having spent a large majority of this year in Belgium focusing on his track work, South Australian Glen O'Shea proved the hard work was starting to pay off, winning the men's wheelrace.
Riding off scratch, O'Shea was aided by his fellow backmarkers to secure the win over Japanese riders Eya Hashimoto in second and Nishitani Taiji in third.
O'Shea had the race wrapped up as the riders entered the final bend to win comfortably by about 20m.
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