Stawell Gift – then and now | photo gallery 1968: In cold wintry conditions Jean Louis Ravelomanantsoa produced a memorable run by winning the Stawell Gift from scratch.
1961: Peter Donovan won the Stawell handicap over 880 yards and the following year set a new world record for the 600 yards. Photo: Stawell Gift
1981: Scotsman George McNeil won the 1981 Stawell Gift and celebrated by singing O Flower of Scotland to the crowd. Picture: Stawell Gift
1996: Cathy Freeman stormed home to win the Women’s 400m at the 1996 Stawell Gift.
1977: Warren Edmonson was the second fastest run recorded clocking 12 seconds from 1.25 metres. Photo: Stawell Gift
1958: After his first Stawell Gift victory John McCracken went on to win seven races at Stawell. Picture: Stawell Gift
2014: Ballarat schoolgirl Grace O’Dwyer became the first to win the Stawell Women’s Gift with prizemoney on parity to the title race. Picture: Pat Scala
2013: Jamaican sprint superstar Asafa Powell became the biggest international athlete to race at Stawell. Powell pulled out from the semi-finals with a hamstring.Picture: Lachlan Bence
2011: Mitchell Williams (in white) pulls a hamstring metres out from the finishing line but holds on to win the Gift, dedicating the effort to his cancer-striken mother. Picture: Joe Armao
2010: Champion pole-vaulter Steve Hooker was run out in heats but reinstated to semis when deemed disadvantaged due to track mis-measurement. He later pulled out with groin soreness. Picture: Lachlan Bence
2013: Olympian Tamsyn Manou (nee Lewis) reaches the semi-finals in her final Stawell Gift carnival. Manou bid farewell after 17 appearances at Central Park.
2011: Outspoken Olympian John Steffenson was run out as backmarker in Stawell Gift heats. Picture: Adam Trafford
Sarah Blizzard, Ararat, with her dad Neil, after winning her heat in the Stawell Strickland Family Women’s Gift
Luke Versace, black, wins the 2014 Stawell Gift.
Victorian Grace O’Dwyer, blue, took out the 120 metre Post Strickland Family Women’s Gift. This is the first year the women’s Gift has the same prize pool as the men’s. 2015 Woolworths Stawell Gift
Andrew Robinson wins the 2013 Stawell Gift. Robinson is the first Tasmanian to win the gift in 73-years (1941), with his coach Ray Quarrell
Stawell Women’s Gift winner Talia Martin on the shoulders of training partners and past Stawell Gift winners Holly Dobbyn and Grace O’Dwyer.
The moment O’Dwyer knew she won. Victorian Grace O’Dwyer, blue, took out the 120 metre Post Strickland Family Women’s Gift. This is the first year the women’s Gift has the same prize pool as the men’s. 2015 Woolworths Stawell Gift
Queenslander Murray Goodwin, white, took out the 120 metre Woolworths Stawell Gift. Goodwin is only the sixth Queenslander in the history of the Gift to win the event. 2015 Woolworths Stawell Gift
Kate Jones, pink, wins semi final 1 of the 2016 Womens Stawell Gift.
Holly Dobbyn wins the 2014 Womens Stawell Gift, celebrating with team mates.