Hoof­ing it to vic­tory

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - By CLAY­TON BEN­NETT

AN OLYMPIC ath­lete has beaten a horse in a race in Dar­win.

Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list John St­ef­fensen won a sprint against Fasli­na­tion at the Dar­win Turf Club yes­ter­day.

The race­horse had to run 200m while St­ef­fensen had to run 100m, with the hu­man ath­lete win­ning by a cou­ple of me­tres.

‘‘It’s all a bit of fun,’’ he said. ‘‘Not many peo­ple can say they’ve gone to the Olympics and raced a horse.’’

Both con­tenders were go­ing into the race with a good chance.

Fasli­na­tion has had an im­pres­sive ca­reer, win­ning nine races and fin­ish­ing oth­ers with many plac­ings.

St­ef­fensen has ac­co­lades of his own, win­ning a sil­ver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics for the 4x400m re­lay and a gold medal in the 2006 Mel­bourne Com­mon­wealth Games 400m.

The ath­lete said be­fore the race that he was full of nerves.

‘‘ Be­fore see­ing Fazzy I was con­fi­dent but af­ter I had a look at him, I’m ap­pre­hen­sive,’’ he said.

But he did not have to worry, tak­ing out first place in the un­usual event.

Check out the video of the

race at nt­news.com.au

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