Ellie Simmonds smashes world record

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Ellie Simmonds has smashed the SM6 200m individual medley world record tonight by a massive 0.34 seconds, a record she set last year at the Swimming World Championships in Montreal.

Competing in the current IPC Swimming European Championship in Eindhoven, the Paralympian finished with a time of 3:04:07. Her nearest rival who finished in second - the Ukrainian Mereshko Yelyzaveta - was a staggering 4.93 seconds behind.

At just 19 years of age she is already a four time Paralympic champion, so this gold medal backs up the enormous success she has already had and the success Team GB had in the pool at the Commonwealth Games.

Brilliant Brits

Simmonds wasn’t the only Briton to enjoy some success tonight. Sascha Kindred - a six-time Paralympic swimming champion - recorded a new European record in the SM6 200m individual medley with a time of 2:40.82 that won him the gold medal. The 36-year-old continues to defy the odds and win handsomely.

Alongside Claire Cashmore’s gold in the women’s SB8 100m Breaststroke final and Kindred’s win, Simmonds was the one who completed a hat trick of golds for Britain on the night.

So far in the IPC Swimming European Championship Great Britain are tied in first place for the most amount of gold medals won with Ukraine on 17. Russia are bearing down on the leaders with 16 Golds of their own.

Commonwealth flashback

All this British swimming success reminds people of how unbelievable they were in the Commonwealth Games, especially the Scots.

Ross Murdoch was a huge star of the Games and famously tipped fellow Scot and poster-boy Michael Jamieson to the Gold in the 200m breaststroke final.

A truly heart warming story of the games was the Bronze Erraid Davies won, aged just 13-years-old. Team GB will be hoping the swimming success keeps coming for Rio 2016 and beyond.

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