Hansen beats quality field in mile race

LAUNCESTON runner James Hansen showed his talent with a good win in the Devonport Carnival men's mile against a quality field that included four Kenyan back markers.

Running from a mark of 70 metres Hansen timed his move perfectly moving through the field in the four lap race, catching the front runners on the final lap.

He finished off strongly to record a comfortable victory in a time of 4:05.84.

Seventeen-year-old Ulverstone national under-18 steeplechase and 3000m champion Kale Adams was second off 90m with Railton veteran Gerard Lowry third off 290m.

A Peter Fortune-trained runner, Hansen is the state 800m and 1500m champion and his biggest win was the Diamond Mile in Hong Kong this year.

He finished sixth in the 800m at the Zatopek meeting in Melbourne this year.

"I'm feeling great and it's always great to race here and get back to win a race in front of home crowds," Hansen said.

"I was pretty happy with he mark I got but knew there were some fast guys in front of me so I stuck with them and it worked out perfectly."

Hansen said it was good experience to race against quality opposition like the Kenyans.

The Devonport Mile was his only carnival appearance before heading to a training camp at Falls Creek.

Sixteen-year-old, Rianna runner Madeleine Murphy won the women's mile off her mark of 250m, beating home the Victorian pair of Corina Kapusta (305m) and Celia Cosgriff (300m) in 4:20.31.

The men's 70m final went to Wynyard's Jorden Englund while Burnie's Sandy Loring took out the women's final.

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