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22 Mar 06 10:58
Australia's John Steffensen adds to the medal tally from the track with a win in the Men's 400m. 

Australia's John Steffensen adds
to the medal tally from the Track
with a win in the Men's 400m.

Australian John Steffensen has grabbed first place in the Men's 400m, with a time of 44.73 seconds, closely followed by Alleyne Francique from Grenada in 45.09 and Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales in 45.16 seconds.

Steffensen, the event favourite, narrowly missed a Games record by 0.21 of a second.

A former long jumper, he made the move from Perth to Sydney in 2002 to train in the Michael Khmel sprint squad. The moved paid off with a silver at the Athens Olympics in the 4 x 400m Relay.

Francique competed at the Manchester Games and came fifth in the 400m. He was the first Grenadian to make the Olympic finals in any sport, placing fourth in the final of the 400m at the Athens Olympics and is now ranked 11th in the world.

Gonzales’ previous personal best time was 45.41 seconds which he set in July 2004 in Switzerland.

Following the race, Steffensen ran a victory lap around the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and threw one of his winning running shoes into an appreciative crowd.

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