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Paralympic Swimming World Championships: Day 4 Results

August 19, 2010

Great Britain’s Ellie Simmonds won her third title of the IPC World Swimming Championships as she surged to gold in the 200m individual medley.

Simmonds was sixth at 100m mark but dominated in the second half of the race to set a new world record time.

Sascha Kindred matched his team-mate’s achievement as he lowered the world mark in the 200m individual medley.

Jonathan Fox and Daniel Pepper added two more British golds in the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke.

Simmonds’ turn of speed over the breaststroke and freestyle legs helped her overhaul Verena Schott to clock a time of three minutes 9.04 seconds – 1.72 seconds ahead of the German and 1.88 seconds clear of fellow Briton Natalie Jones.

“I was so nervous before the race because I really wanted to go and win and get the record,” said Simmonds.

“I am really happy to be on top of the podium again. I went into it thinking that it was going to need a world record to win that race and to do that is great.”

Kindred came home in two minutes 42.18 seconds to beat China’s Yuanrun Yang by more than five seconds.

“I wanted that record tonight I am happy to have got in and come away with the gold medal and the record,” he stated.

“I have been undefeated in the race since 1999 and I am really happy to have continued my success here.”

Fox’s powerful start to the 100m backstroke earned him a lead that he never looked like surrendering.

“”I wanted that world record so much and I just went into the race hungry for it. I went into this meet wanting success and I am happy with how my racing has gone,” he said.

World Championship debutant Pepper turned in a gutsy performance to hold off a late charge off the final turn from Australia’s Richard Eliason and secure gold by only four tenths of a second.

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