RINGWOOD East teenager Cameron Moss showed plenty of grit and determination to take out the 400m Bendigo Bank Black Opal at the Bendigo International Madison carnival on Sunday night.
In a blanket finish, less than half-a-second separated Moss, Lawrence Coop, John Adams and Bradley Armstrong from first to fourth in Australia's richest 400m race at the Tom Flood Sports Centre.
"That last bit was tough... I was thinking I wasn't going to get there, but I pulled through in the end, so it was fantastic," 19-year-old Moss said.
"I won an under-20 race at Stawell last year, but this is sensational. I'm so happy to get over the line.
"I'll always look back on this night with fond memories.
"It's a great Gift and I'm stoked to be up there now with all the other winners of it."
Moss raced off the 15m handicap mark and won in a time of 46.36 seconds.
• There was also a teenage winner in the Flack Advisory 400m Women's Black Pearl.
Ararat's Tiffany Boatman, 17, was ecstatic as she raced to the biggest win of her three-year career.
"It's amazing; I never thought I'd be able to win something as big as this," Boatman said.
"There were so many fast runners in the race, but it's such a good feeling to have won it.
"It was my first win in a 400m race as well, so that was fantastic."
Boatman raced off the 43m mark.
Natasha McDowell and Alice Platten rounded out the place-getters in the Black Pearl.
• Robert Spencer delivered on his favourite tag as he won the 120m City of Greater Bendigo Thousand.
Racing off the 8.50m mark, Spencer won in a time of 12.25 seconds.
"I was really happy to run .02 seconds quicker than I did in the semi; I didn't think I'd be able to do that," Spencer, 27, said.
"It's a beautiful fast track here that is conducive to running fast times and fortunately, I was the fastest in this race, which was good."