FORMER Australian 100-metre sprint champion, Athens Olympian and dual Stawell and Burnie gift winner Joshua Ross was run out in the semi-finals of yesterday’s men’s gift but gained some consolation by winning the backmarkers invitation 120m.

Running from the scratch mark where he won the 2004 and 2007 Burnie gifts, Ross put in an impressive run to beat home Hobart’s Charlie Leek (5m) and Victorian Chris Hargreaves as he continues his comeback to athletics, chasing a London Olympics berth.

Bruny Island school teacher Michelle Davis earned her seventh victory of the Tasmanian Athletic League season with a great run to win the women’s 400m handicap.

Running from the frontmark of 36m she beat home South Australian Claire Ashman (35m) and Victorian Stephanie Mollicka (18m) in a time of 53.08.

Launceston’s Andrew Robinson continued his good form to win the men’s 400m with a strong run from a mark of 28m.

Robinson won the Latrobe Gift last Tuesday over 120m and gained his fourth victory of the season.

He beat home Hobart’s Max Waldron who was the backmarker off 15m and the ACT’s Tom Burbridge (18m).

In other results, Victorian runner John Hilditch took out the 90m open handicap from Highclere’s Edward Gates and South Australian Tom Sclander.

The Encourage 1600m handicap was won by the Mick McKenna-trained Kade Seaman from South Australian Ryan Hage and Burnie’s Damon Overton.

Burnie’s Daniel Reeve backed up from his Devonport Gift win to take out the Tasmanian 1600m handicap.

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