James Has Moves Like Jagga in Hobart

December 27, 2021

Tasmanian sprint pair Lily James and Jagga Pybus have won the 2021 Hobart Gift titles, with Lauren Perry and Jensen Plowright victorious in the Wheelraces.

James got emotional in her acceptance speech after a nervous wait from the photo finish judges to give her the nod.

"Thanks to my dad and coach Greg, who is my rock.  This time last year I was in hospital recovering from a major surgery, so Christmas has been a lot better this year," the 21 year old said.

It was a second win for Pybus, with the 20 year old Hobart athlete having the time of his life on the track.

The UTAS student stormed home to get the win in a tight finish, with a 1/100th second winning margin from Toby Kamphuis.  The winning time 10.37seconds for the 100m, off a handicap of 3.50m.

"I won this 3 years ago, so it's awesome to win it again.  The past month or so I've been running pretty well and knew I'd be in with chance.  It's awesome, I can't wait to see what happens for the rest of the series," Pybus said.

In potentially a first for a carnival of its type, the winner of the women's wheelrace took home more prizemoney than the men's today in Hobart.

Launceston's Lauren Perry took home $2700 for her victory, as she lead home a strong bunch of back markers from the 50m mark.  

"I'm quite shocked to win to be honest," an excited Perry declared.

Having made the move to Adelaide in recent times as part of the AusCycling Podium Potential academy team, Perry relished to be racing in her home state.

"I've now won a couple of Hobart Wheel's and a Launnie Wheel.  I really want to win in Burnie later in the week now," Perry declared.  

The men's wheelbase looked more like a scratch race in the end, after a massive back markers group made contact with the main field 2 laps out.  

Known for his speed on the roads, it was Jensen Plowright who converted to the outdoor track and wasn't in doubt in the final 100m.

"This is my favourite race.  I do love these carnivals and it's nice to get a sash every year.

"We've got a good group of back markers this year.  They're all so strong and everyone wants to win, so it was good to get this today," Plowright admitted.

The Queensland Academy of Sport team made it a double in the Lightning Handicap 1000m races.  

First up in the men's race, Byron Davies got the jump on the field to outride a world class field.  Riding off 55m, the Queenslander held on from a fast finishing back mark that included two of the fastest men in the world in Olympian Matt Richardson and world junior record holder Tom Cornish.

Then Deneaka Blinco showed strength up the windy hill of the New Town track.  Canada's Lizeanne Wilmot had a beautiful sit in her slipstream, but couldn't go around the young Queenslander as Blinco held on for the title.  

Download vision and photos here.

Action continues in Launceston tomorrow, at the Silverdome from midday to 6:30pm.

Timetables for all carnivals are also now available at www.tascarnivals.com.au.

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