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Queenslander Callum Davies takes out Leonora Golden Gift Elite Mile men’s race

The quiet and humble Callum Davies powered to a decisive victory in the final 50 metres of the Lenora Golden Gift Elite Mile men’s race on Sunday, clocking a time of 4min.10.04sec.

Fresh off his third place finish at the recent Australian 1500m championships, Davies was the man to beat after notching the fastest time in the heats on Saturday.

Queenslander Davies was one of the shortest athletes in the field, and was well suited to the tight corners of the Leonora street circuit.

As the race progressed, Jared Micallef lost ground — he had used plenty of energy to win the 600m race earlier on Sunday.

Defending champion Ben Chamberlain and James Hansen began running shoulder to shoulder in the second lap — Hansen looked composed and strong but Davies closed the gap.

Hansen’s tactics were to string out each competitor by staying in the front and trying to shake them off but Davies sat comfortably behind.

Davies slowly started to ramp up his speed and flew past Hansen in the final stretch, lifting both fists in his air as he leaped over the finish line.

Hansen followed closely behind at 4:10.55 with WA athlete Luke Burrows finishing in third place with a time of 4:14.94.

Chamberlain finished in fifth place.

Davies said he tried to keep his pace before getting into a “gradual acceleration”.

“That was pretty tough but it was good,” Davies said.

He said he was leaving for Europe on Monday and was looking forward to joining his squad over there.

“I went over to Europe a few years ago to compete … but I haven’t done a proper season before so I’m really looking forward to that,” Davies said.

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