Ellie Simmonds collects first medal of the IPC European Championships

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Paralympic swimming star, Ellie Simmonds, claimed her first title of the IPC Swimming European Championships, when she secured gold in the final of the S6, 400m freestyle at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium in Eindhoven.

Simmonds, a World, European and Olympic Champion at the event cruised to victory in a time of 5:22.74 a full 6.77 seconds ahead of Ukraine's Yelyzaveta Mereshko while Iceland's Thelma Bjornsdottir secured bronze medal position in a time of 6:03.67.

Disappointed with the time

Despite expressing her delight at a first gold of the competition, Simmonds wasn't particularly happy with her time which was well outside her world record of 5:19.17 set at the London Olympics in 2012.

Simmonds told the media after her winning swim that she was, "really happy,"  but that: "It was a rubbish swim. I'm not happy with the time."


The 19-year old stunned the Paralympic Games in Beijing, 2008, when she won gold in the S6 100m and 400m freestyle at just 13-years of age, breaking her own world record in the 400m.

During the London Olympics she collected a further two-gold medals in the 400m freestyle and the 200m individual medley, silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m freestyle.

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Simmonds has collected a further 13-gold medals in the IPC World Championships and six-golds in the IPC European Championships, a staggering haul for someone so young.

The British swimming sensation goes for further gold this week in Eindhoven when she takes part in the final of the S6, 50m freestyle final after qualifying quickest in a new British record of 35.76 seconds, the 200m individual medley, an event she holds the world record in a time of 3:04.41, the 100m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke. 

Simmonds storms to gold in world record time

More medals

Other British swimmers to shine on the opening few days included, Steph Slater who triumphed in the 100m backstroke S8 final with a time of 1:17.42, Susie Rodgers won the 400m freestyle S7 in 5:22.74, while Amy Marren and Andrew Mullen won silver in the in the 50m freestyle S9, and the 100m freestyle S5 respectively.

Jessica-Jane Applegate secured 100m backstroke S14 bronze while Jack Thomas and Aaron Moores won silver and bronze in the 100m backstroke S14.

Steph Slater added a second gold when she stormed to victory in the S8 100m butterfly in a new world record time of 1:08.20 seconds and Ollie Hynd won the SM8 medley title in a time of 2:25.22 

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