VICTORY for Paul Boxshall in the KLFM frontmarkers mile at the Bendigo International Madison capped a great fightback to athletics.
It had been a decade ago since Boxshall ran in two-mile at the madison.
"I raced in the Richard Kitt Memorial 1500m for many years, so I was involved either as a competitor or officiating."
In Sunday's race, Boxshall started off the 85m mark.
Jessica O'Hara and Kyle Hilson led as the bell sounded at the Tom Flood Sports Centre.
By the top of the back straight it was Boxshall in front.
He careered away for an impressive victory in 4 minutes 25.64 seconds.
"I had a few years off racing because of injury," Boxshall said of hamstring troubles sustained in a Gold Coast Marathon hit-out.
"Racing on the track is always a great challenge.
"I have been slowly getting back to faster times on the track."
The self-coached athlete was seventh in the 3km steeplechase at the previous weekend's Victorian Open titles.
Earlier in the year Boxshall won gold in the 3km steeple at the Victorian Country championships in Ballarat.
Boxshall's biggest supporters are his wife Emma and their children Liam, 5, and Ryan 3.