Border-based Zimbabwean Munashe Hove stormed home in yesterday's Stawell Gift final to claim third.
But the placing didn't come without a hurdle, with Hove given a one metre penalty for breaking at the start of the race.
"It was unexpected, but he ran extremely well and we're very proud of his achievement," coach Adrian Fury said.
Hove finished fourth in the Wangaratta Gift back in January.
Fellow Border runner Mitch Palmer took out the 400m front markers event.
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Running in the red, he was ninth with 120m to go before mustering a huge effort in the last 90m to win by just centimetres.
His final time reading 46.9.
It comes off the back of his recent Docklands 400m win.
Bradley Lehmann finished sixth in front markers 400m final earlier in the day.
The gift was won by Edward Ware, in what was his third time appearing in the annual race.
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