Teenager Liv Ryan takes out Stawell Women’s Gift

The betting plunge of teenage sprinter Liv Ryan paid dividends when the 16-year-old scored victory in the Stawell Women’s Gift final on Monday.

Ryan, from Donvale, led from start to finish and recorded a time of 13.72sec in beating Bridget Powell and Maddie Coates.

The youngster was heavily supported in betting on Friday night – some bookmakers had her at $31 before the event – and started favourite before running third in her heat. Ryan then convincingly won her semi-final and produced again in the decider.

Ryan’s victory came from a handicap of 11m and earns her $40,000.