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Tamsett victorious at Zatopek

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Monday, 15 December 2008/Categories: News

Lara Tamsett has won her first senior national title in taking out the 10000m at the Zatopek Classic in Melbourne.

On debut over the distance on the track, 19 year old Tamsett tracked the early pacemakers for the few kilometres of the race before running a majority of the distance by herself. On her way to the line she lapped all of the other runners in the race and clocked a swift 32:56.19 - a qualifier for next year's world university games.

The Ken Green coached pair of Bridey Delaney and James Nipperess took out the junior 3000m races. Delaney ran away from the rest of the field with a kilometre remaining to record an easy win in 9:21.43, with Chloe Tighe in second in 9:36.51. Nipperess won the men's race with a fast final lap to separate himself from South Australia's Richard Everest, clocking 8:19.33 for a two second margin of victory.

Other NSW athletes to have success on the night were Dani Samuels, who opened her season with a solid 60.96m in the discus; Jeremy Roff and Nikki Molan, who were second to Beijing Olympians Jeff Riseley and Lisa Corrigan in the 1500m in 3:40.42 and 4:21.03 respectively; and Trisha Greaves who was third in the 400m in 53.49 seconds.

More information on the meet is available from Athletics Australia, while full results are available here from Athletics Victoria.

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