Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Vic Planning to Make It Seven in a Row in 2014

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Vic Planning to Make It Seven in a Row in 2014

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Byline: ANTHONY BRAND

ATHLETICS: Collis Birmingham made history yesterday when he became the first man to win six successive Noosa Bolts.

Birmingham was never in doubt during the closing stages as he broke the shackles to win the 5km event in a time of 13 minutes, 58 seconds -- seven seconds ahead of Ben St Lawrence.

Birmingham first won the race a 23-year-old in 2008 and has since made the event his own.

The 28-year-old said the expectation before yesterday's race had weighed heavily on his shoulders.

"I was nervous this morning," he said.

"I came up here and it's meant to be a bit of a holiday after a long season, but when you've won five in a row, they want you to do six and you don't want to disappoint."

The Victorian formed a leading pack early with podium finishers St Lawrence and Malcolm Hicks (third) before kicking late in the race.

Birmingham said he wanted to set the pace early and back his experience to get him home late. …

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