Mitchell becomes Ballarat Gift’s youngest male winner

Luke Mitchell set the standard over the weekend and delivered on the big stage.

The young gun, at 17 years and nine months old, became the youngest winner of the men’s Ballarat Gift after he clocked in a time of 12.418 seconds in front of Rupert Lugo and Matthew Harvey.

Mitchell finished the heats with the quickest time and again produced the fastest in the semi-finals, he said there was some extra pressure on his shoulders given this, but he was stoked to come out on top.

“I was pretty happy to deliver, I had the quickest time coming in so I felt a little bit of pressure, so it was good to execute,” Mitchell said.

“I was hoping to run well last week at Wangaratta and I came second so I knew I’d be up there this weekend, I just had to execute.”

Mitchell entered the meet as one of the favourites and running off 11 metres, he was always going to prove tough to catch.

GOT IT: Ballarat Gift winner Luke Mitchell became the meet's youngest winner after Sunday's brilliant run. Picture: Dylan Burns

GOT IT: Ballarat Gift winner Luke Mitchell became the meet's youngest winner after Sunday's brilliant run. Picture: Dylan Burns

That certainly was the case as the youngster showed his class. Mitchell will race at Keilor next week before taking a break to freshen up for Stawell.

HOW THEY FINISHED

Luke Mitchell (11m) 12.418 seconds

Rupert Lugo (10.5m) 12.604

Matthew Harvey (11m) 12.615

Hamish Adams (8.75m) 12.622

Nathan Riali (2.25m) 12.700

Edward Ware (8m) 12.711

Jason Bailey (9.75m) 12.747

Dylan Panizza (6m) 12.810