SWIMMING: Sinclair powers in for Sheffield title

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EDWARD SINCLAIR won his first national title last night, outpacing his senior rivals in the 200 metres freestyle at the British Winter Championships in Sheffield. The 19-year-old, who swims for Millfield, powered through in the final 50 metres of the race to pass the early pacesetter, Jamie Salter, and set a time of 1 minute 42.71 seconds.

Sinclair last week set a British record when fourth at the European Short Course Championships in Lisbon, so he made up for the disappointment of missing out on a medal there with this performance.

Not only did he beat Salter yesterday, but he pushed the British record- holder and European silver medallist, Paul Palmer, into third spot.

Karen Pickering was not so pleased at the end off her victory in the women's 200m freestyle, being unable to find out her time due to a scoreboard failure.

The 27-year-old from Ipswich said: "I'm really happy I have won the title for a seventh time but I'd love to know the time I did." It was later given as 2:01.23.

The shock of the day came came in the men's 50m breaststroke when James Gibson of Loughborough University outpaced the British record-holder, Darren Mew, to win in 28.93sec.