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Paralympic World Swimming Championships: Day 3 Results

August 17, 2010

Ellie Simmonds was one of three teenagers to win gold as Great Britain enjoyed a superb day three at the IPC World Swimming Championships.

Simmonds won her second gold of the meet in the 50m freestyle while 19-year-olds Thomas Young and Harriet Lee were also victorious.

Young triumphed in the 400m freestyle while Lee beat fellow British teenager Louise Watkin in the 100m breaststroke.

They helped GB to 12 medals, including seven golds.

There were also wins for Fran Williamson in her 50m backstroke, Matt Walker in his 50m freestyle, Nyree Lewis in her 100m backstroke and Rhiannon Henry in her 100m butterfly.

Simmonds took her second gold of the week after her win in the S6 400m freestyle, edging ahead of world record holder Mirjam de Koning-Peper of the Netherlands in the final 10 metres.

The Dutchwoman had missed Sunday’s longer event with a rib injury but she started strongly before the late charge from the Swansea-based 15-year-old with Britain’s Natalie Jones putting in a strong swim for bronze.

“I knew it would be tough because Mirjam is the world record holder and it was difficult,” she told BBC Sport afterwards.

“I’m now so used to racing over 400m and having to pace it is different, but this is just all-out max effort.”

Young, 19, who was born missing his right hand and forearm, has come on strong after narrowly missing out on a place at the Beijing Paralympics.

“I’ve been training hard and I’m really happy,” he said. “I had a personal best in my breaststroke on Monday so I regrouped for this race and I’m really pleased with how it all worked out.”

Lee marked her first major international meeting by edging out her team-mate Watkin by 1.10 seconds.

“It’s amazing. I’ve been working hard for the past six months and it has all paid off,” said the delighted Cambridge swimmer.

“My legs were burning at the end but this has been the best experience of my life.”

Walker was overjoyed after beating great rival and 11-time Paralympic gold medallist Dave Roberts for the first time at a major championship and shed tears of joy on the podium.

It was 12 years since the 32-year-old from Stockport had won gold at his first World Championships in New Zealand in 1998.

“I wanted to win this race so badly, and I just had to put my head down and I did.

“I’ve done a lot of work this year and it has all paid off.”

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