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She’s A Broken Record!

March 19, 2009

Since the 2008 Paralympics, Eleanor Simmonds has been thrown into the deep end of public attention. Last week, she broke the records for the 100m and the 400m at the Nationwide Junior Swimming Championships in Sheffield. Now, exactly a week later, she has broken the record for 400m frestyle at the British Swimming Championships, also in Sheffield.

I didn’t feel like I was going that fast but I hit 200m and just felt so exhausted, said Simmonds.

That was such hard work. I don’t know how I managed to get back.

Simmonds’s time of five minutes 31.44 seconds saw her win gold in the event – where results are determined on how close athletes get to the world record in their category.

She added: It’s all a bit of a surprise, I felt more relaxed than I did in Beijing and that time is just so amazing.

She has my best wishes, as always.

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