Olympic Trackstars, Flying Scratchies and a Jack & Jill World Title in Devonport
Devonport is abuzz with a host of Olympians and World Champions in town for the new look 1-day Carnival to mark its 80th edition tomorrow
No less than six previous winners of the women’s 400m will line up, all lining up to reclaim their title. Olympian Morgan Mitchell will be one to watch off scratch as she vies to be the first athlete to win the women's gift two years in a row.
Previous winners also include: Samantha Lind (2014), Maddy Scott (2013), Carmen Oakley (2012), Abbey De Le Motte (2011) and Nicole Perry (2006).
For the first time, the 200m race will be an open event, where women and men are fighting it to have a chance in the final. American Track Star Devon Allen will be a highlight, with the Olympic 110m hurdles finalist to run from scratch.
Defending champion Will Johns will be the backmarker in the men’s 400m Gift, kept company by dual previous winners Daniel Reeves (2011, 2015), Andrew Robinson (2012, 2013).
Devonport Athletics Club has put out a $500 bonus incentive to any athlete that can win both the Open 200m and their respective gift.
The Open Mile contains a loaded field with Olympic 1500m runner Luke Matthews returning to Devonport after he placed third in 2015. Since then he has gone to the next level as an Athlete, representing Australia at the Rio Olympics and won his heat at this year’s World Championships.
Olympic 5000m athlete Sam McEntee will be on debut at the carnivals, however with a Commonwealth Games 1500m qualifier already to his name, he will be deadly off 15m. Forth resident and Paralympic world record holder Deon Kenzie will be a threat in the event after claiming his first carnival victory in Latrobe earlier this week, after just being named in the Australian team of the year.
The wood Chopping world title series continues with the Jack and Jill Sawing event. Lawrence O’Toole & Martha King will be a pair to watch, coming from the USA and Martha King already claiming a world title last night in Launceston. Australian Women’s Captain and local Amanda Beams and Dale Beams will headline the event.
In the Cathy & Peter Broun Women’s Devonport Wheel Race, Amy Cure will be off scratch and looking to continue her winning blitz after successes already in this year’s carnival series in the Ulverstone Criterium and Launceston Wheel.
The Terry & Joan Matthew Memorial Devonport Wheel Race is packed with International racers, with their eyes set on the huge winner’s bounty of $5,500. Training partners Sam Welsford and Cam Scott are riders to watch after their recent successes, with Welsford aiming to take a clean sweep of the series wheels.
Junior cycling events get under way at 1:15pm, with the marquee highlight events between 8pm-9:20pm. Timetable available to view here.
Competition is about to get underway in the Devonport Criterium, with the following timetable;
4:30pm – Masters Race (18 laps)
5:15pm – Women’s Race (18 laps)
6:15pm – Men’s Race (30 laps)