Sinclair thrilled with women's title

NEW SOUTH WALES sprinter Suz Sinclair won the 2012 Latrobe Women's Gift from the front mark, beating home London Olympian and Australian sprint champion Melissa Breen with last year's Latrobe Gift winner Carmen Oakley third.

Sinclair won the Gift in a time of 13.78 seconds from a mark of 14.5 metres and held off all challenges, with Breen, the backmarker off scratch, and Oakley, of Latrobe, off 11 metres.

Trained by Roger Fabri, Sinclair was the 2011-12 NSW sprinter of the year and won the 2011 Canberra Gift.

``I'm pretty buggered but really ecstatic on my first trip to Tassie and to actually come away with a win I'm absolutely rapt,'' she said.

``I'm nearly 30 and the oldest runner in the field but it was an awesome result _ I'm really happy.''

The 29-year-old, who has been running since she was 15, said she was nervous pre-race and expected Breen to come at her late in the race.

``I thought to myself  I just have to hold on and if she was going to get me it would be in the last few strides,'' she said.

``First trip to Tassie and to win something as prestigious and historical as Latrobe its really an awesome win and would rate in my top three.''

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