QUEENSLANDER Murray Goodwin claimed the Stawell Gift as his own, a year after making a comeback to give racing one more shot. The 28 year old will now set his sights for a place on the Olympic team for Rio.
Coached by former Stawell Gift finalist Brett Robinson, Goodwin gave racing away five years ago to concentrate on his chosen career in teaching. His passion for running was re-ignited during the Beijing Olympics when he watched a former schoolmate, Dylan Grant, run in the relay, and watched Mitchell Swain, a local training partner win the Stawell Gift. Last year Goodwin approached Brett Robinson, who was a finalist at Stawell twice and the coach of Swain when he won. Goodwin’s father Shane is a former Australian 800m champion and has been an inspiration to Murray, and is a strong supporter of his son’s attempt to make the Olympic team. After the win Goodwin thanked his coach saying Robinson had been “so motivational”. “He kept me on track, kept me relaxed,” Goodwin said. Australia’s fastest boy Jack Hale was run out in the semi-finals after clocking 12.51 off the backmark of 2.25m.
1 – Murray Goodwin 6.5m 12.10s
2 Luke Houlihan 7.25m
3 Yellow – Brendan Matthews 6.75m
4 Dean Scarff 5.5m
5 Tjimarri Sanderson 7m
6 Tim Eschebach 6.75m