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Queen St Mile: Aussie Wins Elite Sprint

April 02, 2013

New Zealand Olympian Lucy van Dalen finishes third behind training partners in women's race.

By Dana Johannsen, The New Zealand Herald

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Australian middle distance runner Ryan Gregson was fixed on racing the Queen St Golden Mile ever since the idea of bringing back the celebrated event was floated.

For Gregson, who won yesterday's elite men's race in a spectacular sprint finish, the pull was not so much the excitement of running a street course, but supporting one of his coach Nic Bideau's lifelong friends.

Bideau travelled a lot with Sir John Walker while he was competing in the 1980s, and credits this period with helping him develop many of his coaching techniques.

Gregson said the idea of helping support Sir John's Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation, and honouring the man who has given his coach so much was what lured him to Auckland for the race.

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