West trips but pulls off the victory
WOMEN'S GIFT BY PHIL EDWARDS
30 Dec, 2010
VICTORIAN Tabitha West won her second Devonport Women's Gift final last night with an impressive run from the backmark to defeat South Australian Bridgid Connolly and Launceston teenager Abbey De La Motte.
The Albury-Wodonga sprinter, trained by Marcus Arnold, stumbled in the final straight but regained her composure to go on to win in a time of 53.78.
"I'm ecstatic - off a mark of 12 metres I'm really happy to have won," she said.
West won the Devonport Gift in 2008 the same year she won the Latrobe Gift.
She said her victory second time around was sweeter because of the harder mark.
"My last win was off 23 metres so it's really great to come back and win off such a tight mark," West said.
West said she had not run a 400-metre race in nearly a year but her 100m and 200m form had been really good.
De La Motte backed up from her Latrobe 400m win on Boxing Day with another outstanding run showing the promising future the 16-year-old has.