Swimming: Gillingham pick of the British

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The Independent Online
Nick Gillingham captured Great Britain's second world short- course title in 24 hours when he won the men's 200 metres breaststroke final in Palma de Majorca yesterday and broke the European record in the process. Gillingham, following Karen Pickering's victory in Friday night's women's 200m freestyle, brought back memories of his European Championship success in Sheffield in August as he again waited until the closing stages before making his decisive move and pushing the world record holder, Phil Rogers, of Australia. He shaved his own European record down to 2min 07.91sec in giving Britain their first men's world title since David Wilkie won the same event at the world long- course championships in 1975. 'I was more emotional up on the rostrum than I have ever been before. I think it was because I have at last proved that I am a world champion, and because I had beaten the world record holder, who has been swimming fantastically for the past four or five months.'