BACKMARKER Daniel Baldwin won the Hilson Builders-backed Sally Conroy Memorial 200m in Sunday’s finale to the Bendigo International Madison athletics-cycling carnival.
Baldwin followed up Saturday’s heat win at the Tom Flood Sports Centre by running faster from the five-metre mark in the dash for glory.
It was a Bendigo Harriers quinella as Baldwin and Luke Matthews, 10m, fought out a great finish in times of 23.54 and 23.65 seconds respectively.
The race winner charged through a gap on the inside just metres from the line to claim one of the most prestigious track events on the Flack Advisory Bendigo Region calendar.
Next best were South Bendigo’s Allie Guillou (36m) in 23.97; Eaglehawk’s Kenan Seebah (8m) in 24.00 and clubmate Gabrielle Rusbridge (31m) in 24.02, and Bendigo Harriers’ Geoff Jordan in 24.55 from the 29m mark.
Winners of Saturday afternoon’s heats were Baldwin in 23.75 seconds, Allie Guillou in 23.99, and Luke Matthews in 23.67.
Victory in the Sally Conroy Memorial caps a great return to track action by Baldwin this season.
Sprints and hurdles have been two of the disciplines where he performed well in Athletics Victoria’s shield action at the Latrobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill.
This year’s running of the Sally Conroy Memorial drew 21 starters in which all four region clubs - Bendigo Harriers, Eaglehawk, South Bendigo and Bendigo University were represented.
The versatility and commitment of many athletes was reflected in several contesting the 200m and also the Richard Kitt Memorial 1500m at the Madison.
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