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Swimming: Simmonds continues to shine at World Champs

August 19, 2010

Ellie Simmonds has won her third title of the IPC World Swimming Championships, landing gold in the 200m individual medley in Eindhoven yesterday.

She lay in sixth place at the 100m point but powered through to dominate the latter part of the race, securing gold in a new world record time.

The breaststroke leg saw Simmonds use her skill to gain third place and in the final 50m she impressed with her speed.

The 15-year-old powered through her freestyle and took two seconds off the world record, touching home in 3:09.24.

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“That race was so hard,” she said. “I was so nervous before the race because I really wanted to go and win and get the record.

“I am really happy to be on top of the podium again. I went into it thinking that it was going to need a world record to win that race and to do that is great.”

Germany’s Verena Schott followed Simmonds home, finishing in 3:10.96 whilst fellow Brit Natalie Jones won bronze in 3:11.12.

Elsewhere in the Champs, Stephanie Millward took her third medal of the competition after winning silver in the women’s S9 400m freestyle.

With a time of 4:47.04 Millward kept on Natalie Du Toit’s shoulder throughout the race but the South African’s speed proved too much for the Brit.

Eleni Papadopoulos finished in fourth place with a time of 5:01.44 in the S10 400m freestyle whilst Rhiannon Henry just missed out on her second medal of the competition after finishing in fourth place in the S13 50m freestyle with a time of 28.52.

The women’s S14 100m breaststroke saw Natalie Massey finish in sixth place in 1:27.67.

National Performance Director, John Atkinson, commented: “I think that nine medals on day four with another four gold medals showed that the British Team…continued as they left off on day three of the competition.

“Eleanor Simmonds followed up her success with her third individual gold medal of the competition in a fantastic race which saw two Brits on the podium with Natalie Jones standing beside Eleanor.”

Overall, the third day of competition saw the British Team, powered by British Gas, impress with seven gold medals with the British athletes following that up with four more golds in the pool yesterday evening.

Jessica Whittington, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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