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Paralympic Swimming World Championships: Day 5 Results

August 20, 2010

Great Britain’s Ellie Simmonds won her fourth title of the IPC World Swimming Championships when she took gold in the S6 100m freestyle.

The 15-year-old turned second after 50m before producing a superb second length to touch first in a world record time of one minute 15.97 seconds.

Fellow Briton Watkin beat Natalie du Toit at the third time of asking this week when she won the S9 50m freestyle.

Paralympic champion David Roberts won gold in the S7 100m freestyle.

Simmonds said she was delighted to have broken another record, in Eindhoven.

“I am on such a high right now,” Simmonds said.

“I have won four gold medals and I am so happy. I haven’t broken that world record since 2009 and I feel really good to have done it here.

“It was good to come into the race and get the gold and back up my success from Beijing.”

Meanwhile, Watkin was ecstatic after having beaten 10-time Paralympic swimming champion Du Toit.

“I am just speechless. This is such an amazing feeling and I just don’t want it to end. I saw her at the halfway point and just wanted to make sure I beat her.”

Roberts, who has won 11 Paralympic golds, turned in fifth at halfway before touching out Australia’s Matthew Levy at the wall in 1:01.80.

“After the year I have had I am pleased with that,” he said.

“I wanted that win and the way my week has gone I thought it may not come off tonight but I just put my head down and went for it.”

Rhiannon Henry lowered the British record when taking silver in the S13 400m freestyle in 4:37.08 and the women’s 4x50m medley relay team won bronze.

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