Top triumph in carnivals for Corbett

SHEFFIELD sprinter Ashleigh Corbett pulled off her fourth Tasmanian Athletic League win and her biggest carnivals victory with a strong finishing burst to record a narrow victory in the Latrobe women's gift final yesterday.

The Mike Gunson runner ran strongly from a handicap mark of 7 metres to just hold off experienced Bruny Island runner Michelle Davis (10.75m) and Hobart 16-year-old Lilly Castle in a time of 14.7 seconds.

"I wasn't confident going into it but some of the girls had some tough marks, but I'm happy," Corbett said.

"I wasn't sure (I had won) until I crossed the line, and even then it was close.

"I came fourth last year, so I was very happy to get to the final."

The 20-year-old who works for GSK poppies said her previous best win was one of the smaller carnival gifts.

"Probably halfway through I started to catch some of the girls in front of me and thought I'd better kick the last bit and give it a bit of a go."

She expected to be pulled back by handicappers after her victory for the carnivals at Devonport and Burnie but thought she might still be a chance in the 200m at Devonport.Other runners to make the women' s gift final were Kiara Chambers (5.5m), Hobart teenager Maddy Scott (7.5m) and Hobart's Kimberley Geelan (9.25m).

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