400m specialist chases Devonport dream

LAUNCESTON 400-metre specialist Brodie Robinson is looking forward to testing himself against some of the top runners in the country in today's Devonport Gift.

The 21-year-old Les Nankervis-trained runner has only been running seriously for the past three years after being coaxed into it by a school friend.

``I'm mainly looking at the 400s over the Christmas carnivals and obviously the Devonport Gift is one of the bigger ones there,'' Robinson said.

``You get a lot of very competitive mainlanders down and obviously a lot of Tasmanian talent and they are always great to run against.''

The former St Patrick's College student said he had no expectations going into the Devonport carnival, but has tasted carnivals success before - winning the 400m handicap at the Burnie carnival last New Year's Day and the St Helens carnival 400m in February.

``I just want to give it my all really at this stage,'' Robinson said. ``I've been doing well so far this year, and have been lucky enough to get some victories including the little PCCCT carnival 400m - so to give it my best effort would be great.''

An exercise science student at the University of Tasmania, Robinson's preference at the moment is for the 400m distance, but said that as he got stronger he might try his hand at the 120m distance.

``I love running at the carnivals - I get pretty nervous, but they are a fantastic experience,'' Robinson said.

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