THE Ballarat Gift was run in perfect weather over the weekend and some long awaited wins were on the card, none more so than that of 34-yearold Noddy Angelakos who was triumphant in $12,500 Freight Bar and Restaurant Ballarat Gift.
Angelakos said he will be much more relaxed going into the Stawell Gift. “I’ve been in the sport a long, long time and by far this is the biggest win,” he said after the race. “I have been trying to get a classic win for the last 5 years, have run a lot of seconds in the classics, thirds and fourths, and only run 5th in the 100 at Stawell.” Angelakos added that this has been his biggest win this season and up to this point he had been victorious in the Rye Gift and second placings in the Maryborough and St Albans Gifts. “I’m really thankful. It’s a top race, a quality field,” he said. “I was thinking my time (to win a classic) was running out.” Angelakos, from East Keilor, went through the Gift unbeaten, winning his heat on Saturday and semi-final earlier on Sunday
Results: 1 Noddy Angelakos (11.50m)
2 Darren Whittaker (12.00)
3 Dean Dobric (10.25m)
4 Matthew Harvey (10.25m)
5 David Goss (9.50)
6 Ryan McNamara (6.75m)
7 Edward Ware (7.50)
8 Khan Marr (3.25m)
Time: 12.627 seconds
Kiara Reddingius wins Ballarat Womens Gift
WEST Australian Kiara Reddingius, 24, said she was confident going into the final in Ballarat Women’s Gift.
“I knew I was in shape, it felt good,” she said after the race.
“I just put my head down and bum up and just ran.” This puts her one step closer in her aim to be Australia’s number one heptathlete and is hoping to achieve this at the Australian Track and Field Championships in Sydney on March 31-April 3.
Reddingius is looking to the future and selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, followed by the 2020 Olympic Games.
Kiara is no stranger to the podium with a win in the 2013 Bay Sheffield Women’s Gift in Adelaide.
In 2014 she’d reached the Ballarat final but a hamstring injury made her miss last year’s Ballarat Gift. She will now concentrate on the WA Nationals and a return to the Stawell Gift over Easter.
1 Kiara Reddingius (7.00m)
2 Jessica Payne (8.00m)
3 Kate Jones (9.50)
4 Caitlin Hawks (7.25m)
5 Keely Henderson (10.25m)
6 Karly Tafft (12.25m)
7 Julia Phillips (6.50m)
8 Tierra Exum (8.00)