Britain’s 40th gold of the Games went to teenage sensation Eleanor Simmonds who smashed her own world record by seven seconds in 5:41.34 to win the 400m freestyle (S6).
The 13-year-old won her second gold of the Games after powering away from the in-form Dutch swimmer Mirjam de Koning-Peper.
“I wanted to break that record but I didn’t think I would break it by seven seconds,” said Simmonds. “I didn’t know I could go that fast. I just went in there to do a PB.”
Simmonds won gold in the 100m freestyle (S6) on day two, making her the youngest individual Paralympic gold medallist in British history.