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2012 London Paralympics: Ellie Simmonds gold rush continues

Written on:September 4, 2023
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Ellie Simmonds and Oscar Pistorius at International Paralympic Day

Call her the small wonder or call her the little mermaid, but there’s no stopping for the 17-year-old British phenomenon Ellie Simmonds as she clutched her 2nd Gold at the 2012 London Paralympics. With a world record in the SM6 200m individual medley on Monday she has just added up to her S6400 freestyle title she defended earlier in the games.

Setting a new world record, she finished her game in 3min 05.36 seconds winning her fourth Paralympic title. Receiving her latest gold medal from Prime Minister David Cameroon, she was left dumbstruck for words. “I’m so pleased. I’m really chuffed and enjoying every minute. Its amazing in front of the home crowd,” said Simmonds on receiving her medal.

With two events still to go, Simmonds is now likely to become the biggest superstar of the Paralympics. She is also set to bag the BBA Sports Personality Of The Year thereby bagging hundreds of thousands of pounds in sponsorships.

In spite of suffering from a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia, the 17 year old is going strong and she wishes to make a hatrick of medals on Tuesday in the 50m freestyle rally.

“It was 50/50 whether I got that first gold medal. So when I touched and to do a second PB it was quite emotional.” said the 17-year old.

Simmonds had a very simple game plan – to not panic in spite of her opponents trying to race ahead of her and when the time was right, use her rhythmic freestyle stroke to gain advantage.

Having matched the two golds that she had won in the 2008 games, Simmonds is hungry for more in spite of her family urging her to relax to regain her momentum.

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