DEAD HEAT: For the first time, the Mulgowie Gift resulted in a dead heat with Sam Toleman (left) and Liam Gander sharing the title for the feature race.
DEAD HEAT: For the first time, the Mulgowie Gift resulted in a dead heat with Sam Toleman (left) and Liam Gander sharing the title for the feature race. Ali Kuchel

Nothing to split top runners at Mulgowie Gift

ATHLETICS: For the first time in their sporting careers, Sam Toleman and Liam Gander were awarded equal winners in a dead heat.

The lads claimed the Mulgowie Gift 120m event title, in an extremely close race on Saturday.

Running the fastest time of the day, Toleman, from Brisbane, said the competitors were pushing each other to the finish line.

"I don't mind (the dead heat),” Toleman said.

"I like being pushed along, it makes you run faster times at the end of the day.

"We're all here for a bit of fun really and I'm more than happy to split the money for sure.”

Toleman, a long jumper, said considering the head winds the track was good.

Gold Coast athlete, Gander was late entry, only deciding to race the day prior, was impressed with the final.

Michelle Mackie leads the field to the finish line in the Mulgowie Gift 400m sprint.
Michelle Mackie leads the field to the finish line in the Mulgowie Gift 400m sprint. Ali Kuchel

"I heard about the Mulgowie Gift the day before,” he said.

"It wasn't the best preparation, after a six hour car drive as well, but I knew my fitness would help me out so it didn't bother me too much.”

The lads competed in a heat and semi final before the feature race.

Trying to stay relaxed, Gander said once the race started, everyone kicked into overdrive.

"Once the gun goes, you get on another level,” he said.

This is what we train for, to compete, and I gave it absolutely everything I had in that final.”

In the women's 100m Mulgowie Gift, Toea Wisli claimed the title, following her stint at the Rio Olympics representing PNG.

She also competed against in the men's final.

Queensland Athletic League president Bruce Duncan was on hand, and said it was a "classy” Mulgowie Gift final.

"The quality of the gift was an excellent final, that's the quality you'd see at a lot of the major gift in Australia,” Duncan said.

He said there were about 50 competitors who competed on the day.


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