Robinson set to defend Stawell Gift crown

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Andrew Robinson had destiny on his side last year as he became the first Tasmanian in more than 70 years to win the Stawell Gift.


This time around, with his handicap slashed from 7.25m to 3.5m, he plans to go with the flow.

“I’ve been feeling really good at training and I’m looking forward to going out and putting a good performance on the board,” said the 21-year-old defending titleholder.

“I don’t really have any expectations beside going out there and letting it all happen.

“Whatever happens will be.”

Robinson has toyed with longer distances in the past year, running a 400m personal best at the Briggs Classic in Hobart behind Tristan Thomas and doubling up in the 200m and 400m at the national titles earlier this month in Melbourne.

Australia has enjoyed great success on the world stage in the 4x400m relay in the past decade and the Tasmanian believes he has the potential to push up to that level.

“My coach feels like I’m more of an allrounder,” he said.

“I really have to sit down at the end of this season and map out where I’m going in the future.

“The 400 could maybe be it, although I really like the 200 as well.”

Robinson won last year’s dramatic Stawell Gift final in a photo finish ahead of hot favourite Mitchell Williams-Swain, who had been penalised a metre for a false start.

He dedicated the victory to coach Ray Quarrell who had lost his home in the Dunalley bushfires in Tasmania.

“A lot of things have to go your way to win the Gift,” Robinson told AAP.

“A bit of destiny has to come into play.

“I really think you have to put in two or three years of dedicated training and, for me, it was a three-year plan.”

The much-improved Joel Bee, who set a 100m PB of 10.44 seconds at the Sydney Track Classic in March, will be the backmarker off 0.75m.

There will also be plenty of focus on Australia’s fastest woman Melissa Breen, who will take on the men off a mark of 10m.

She is targeting a spot in the semis and believes a time under 12.60 seconds will be enough to get her there.

There are no marquee internationals in the field in 2014, in contrast to the past three years when Caribbean superstars Kim Collins, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell graced the grass track at Central Park.

Robinson and Breen have been drawn in the same heat on Saturday, with the semi-finals and final to take place on Easter Monday.

The 2008 Gift winner Sam Jamieson ($7 off 4.75m) and Luke Versace ($8 off 10m) are the early favourites with the bookmakers.

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