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Paralympic sports - 15. September 2008.

Simmonds wins second gold in Beijing

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Team GB's Swimming star 13 year old Ellie Simmonds squashed the world record in the 400m freestyle S6 category in a time of 5.41.34s.

Dutch swimmer Mirjam Peper claimed the silver and Germany's Maria Goetze won the bronze


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.

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