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Gregson completes rare feat at Burnie Mile

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017 Warren Barnsley

Star Australian distance runner Ryan Gregson has become the first man in 50 years to win Tasmania's Burnie Mile from scratch.

Gregson, a 1500m finalist at the Rio Olympic Games, stormed home in 4.03.97 at the 130-year-old Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals.

But he was disappointed to fall short of becoming the eighth Australian to run a mile on grass in under four minutes.

"It was windy. It was really tough," Gregson said.

"I'm a big fan of the sport, and especially mile running. I know all the history.

"It's just so humbling to go down in the record books with some of the greats."

Gregson became the first person since Harold Davies in 1967 to win from scratch.

Local Morgan Gaffney took out the famous Burnie Gift over 120m ahead of Olympian Morgan Mitchell.

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