Another gold for the 21-year-old.

Record breaking Ellie Simmonds wins another gold for Great Britain

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The Rio Paralympics 2016 has continued Great Britain’s fine run of Olympic glory this summer.

Currently sitting in second place at the Paralympic Games, behind commanding China, Team GB racked up another inspiring three gold medals last night in the swimming.

Arguably the most impressive came from 21-year-old swimmer Ellie Simmons, who broke a world record when she became the first SM6 swimmer to complete a 200-metre medley race in less than three minutes.


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Simmons, from Walsall, England, has Achondroplasia, a common cause of dwarfism. She originally shot to fame after competing in the 2008 summer Paralympics in Beijing at the tender age of 13, winning two gold medals, before repeating this feat at London 2012.

Clocking in at an incredible time of 2 minutes 59.81 seconds, the 4ft tall athlete now has an incredible five gold medals at just 21-years-old.

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Simmonds' performance made it six golds so far in swimming for Team GB. The experienced Paralympian has the opportunity tonight to potentially gain the sixth gold of her career, when she competes for a place in the women’s 400-metre freestyle.

Away from the swimming pool, Simmonds won Young Personality of the Year back in 2008, aged just 13, and she also received an OBE in 2013.

You can watch Simmonds' race in the video below.

A great day at the Paralympics for the British team also saw fellow swimmers Sascha Kindred and Susie Rodgers win gold in their respective divisions, with Kindred also breaking a world record.

Britain’s medal tally currently stands at a total of 63 medals, with a total of 28 golds, on day five in Rio.

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