Queensland school teacher Murray Goodwin has won one of the most prestigious events on the Australian sporting calendar after taking out the Stawell Gift on Monday.
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In the first year of equal prize money, Victorian teenager Grace O’Dwyer won the women’s event.
According to the Herald Sun, Goodwin, starting off 6.5 metres, claimed the win after crossing the line 0.17secs ahead of pre-race favourite Luke Houlihan in the 120 metre dash.
Houlihan qualified for the final after setting the fastest time of 12.02, but the pressure of the main event saw him stumble out of the blocks to hand Goodwin a big advantage.
He recovered to keep pace with Goodwin, however it was clear the stumble cost him as he crossed the line with a time of 12.37secs.
15-year-old sprint sensation Jack Hale – perhaps the biggest drawcard of the event – failed to reach the main event after posting a time of 12.51 in the semi-final.
Hale is considered to be the great white hope of Australian athletics after clocking an extraordinary 100m sprint time of 10.13secs during the national Under-18’s championships.