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London 2012 Paralympics: Ellie Simmonds signs out with silver in S6 100m freestlye

Golden girl Simmonds signs out with silver, claiming fourth medal of Paralympics in S6 100m freestyle

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UPDATED:

17:29 GMT, 8 September 2012

Ellie Simmonds claimed her fourth medal of London 2012, taking silver in the S6 100 metres freestyle.

The 17-year-old had already secured two golds and one bronze and qualified second for the two-length race.

She repeated that this evening when she touched second after Victoria Arlen in one minute 14.82 seconds with the American lowering her own world record to 1min 13.33secs.

Four-medal haul: Ellie Simmonds has has another tremendous Paralympics

Four-medal haul: Ellie Simmonds has has another tremendous Paralympics

Simmonds told Channel 4: 'I gave it everything on that last 50. I could see her but I just didn't have anything left.

'I'm just really chuffed. A PB by over a second, I'm just really happy. I would have loved to get the gold but you can't have everything.'

Asked how the Games compared to 2008, she said: 'I think Beijing's always going to be the best Games for me. I loved it all and it was my first Games.

Sporting spirit: Simmonds congratulates Victoria Arlen on her world record

Sporting spirit: Simmonds congratulates Victoria Arlen on her world record

'This Games has been amazing as well though. It's been topped off by my swims. It's been really good in front of a home crowd, it's been amazing.

'I don't want it to end but it is ending and I'm just looking forward to celebrating now. I'm just going to celebrate with the team and be with them and enjoy it all.'

Ellie Simmonds through to S6 100 metres freestyle final

Simmonds on target to win fourth medal after booking spot in S6 100m freestyle final

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UPDATED:

11:09 GMT, 8 September 2012

Ellie Simmonds put a disrupted build-up to her final day at the Aquatics Centre behind her as she launched her bid for a fourth medal of the Paralympics in the S6 100 metres freestyle.

The 17-year-old has already claimed two golds and one bronze medal at the Aquatics Centre and this morning she went through second fastest behind Victoria Arlen in one minute 16.68 seconds.

The American equalled her own world record of 1min 14.74secs as she headed the field by 1.94secs.

Feel the fourth: Simmonds has already won two golds and a bronze medal at the Paralympic Games

Feel the fourth: Simmonds has already won two golds and a bronze medal at the Paralympic Games

Simmonds' task has been aided by the
withdrawal of S6 50m free champion Mirjam de Koning-Peper but she was
just glad to have negotiated this morning's heats.

Simmonds said: 'I had a rubbish lead-up to this one: I couldn't sleep at all last night.

'I've been quite emotional, I don't
know why. But I am enjoying it, I think that is what I am going to get
out of tonight – enjoy today and it's the last day.

'I've had the best time of my life so far so I am just enjoying it all now.'

The Swansea-based swimmer added:
'It's the end but I've had so many amazing swims and stuff but I am
quite an emotional person so it comes out.

'I think it is going to be a really tough race.

'It's going to be so tough but I am just going to go out there and enjoy myself.

'I've got two gold medals, I've got
world records, got a bronze medal. 'Amazing achievement – I am just
going to go out and enjoy it.'

Arlen, second behind Simmonds in the 400m freestyle, added: 'This is my last race and I'm fired up and ready to go. I love the 100 and I'm just going to go all out in the final.

'It's been a rollercoaster of emotions after everything that has happened in the last month, and even the last six months with my health. To have three medals in my first big meeting, it's something I never would have expected. I feel really great and I'm really enjoying it.

'It's tough but I love racing Ellie. It's great and she's a sweetheart. It's sometimes hard when people are cheering against you, but it's really an energetic crowd and it pushes us all on.'

The 17-year-old had to endure being on the verge of being excluded from the Games on the eve of London 2012 before a reprieve by the International Paralympic Committee.

She said: 'The reclassification comes with the sport and I really respect the IPC and their whole programme. It is what it is, but here I am swimming and doing a lot better than I ever would have expected.'

London 2012 Paralympics: Jonathan Fox wins swimming gold

Britain's Paralympic medal rush continues as Fox swims to 100m backstroke gold

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UPDATED:

18:51 GMT, 30 August 2012

Jonathan Fox became Great Britain's first Paralympic champion in the pool at London 2012 after he won a thrilling S7 100 metres backstroke race at the Aquatics Centre.

The 21-year-old had lowered his own world record this morning in the heats, dipping under 1min 10secs for the first time.

Effectively, the race was a duel between Fox and Yevheniy Bohodayko with the Briton appearing to have sealed victory by the 75m mark.

Champion: Jonathan Fox Britain celebrates after winning gold in the 100m backstroke

Champion: Jonathan Fox Britain celebrates after winning gold in the 100m backstroke

However, the Ukrainian came back with every stroke but Fox held him off to touch in one minute 10.46 seconds to upgrade his silver medal from Beijing.

After leaving the water, Fox played to the crowd who were ecstatic.

He said: 'It was a good time – 1:10 – I thought I was going to pip the world record again.

'I am very happy I got a gold medal.

'In the final it's all about getting that gold medal around your neck which I have done so I am really happy.'

The Plymouth-born swimmer realised how close his rival was getting in the final metres and admitted it became a struggle.

Making a splash: Fox swims to victory in the backstroke finalMaking a splash: Fox swims to victory in the backstroke final

Making a splash: Fox swims to victory in the backstroke final

He said: 'When I turned at 50 I was feeling good but the last 25 my legs blew up.

'You are always thinking in the back of your mind 'I can see the guy in lane five coming back' and you are dying inside and you just want to finish it'

'I just stuck to it and hit the wall fast.'

Of his celebrations where his inner showman emerged, whipping up the crowd in all parts of the venue, Fox said: 'It comes once every four years and you just want to stop time for a second and feel the atmosphere.'

I can't look! Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watches Fox win gold

I can't look! Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watches Fox win gold

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley and Rebecca Adlington star in superhero video

Water performance! Britain's aqua elite prepare for Games with superhero shoot

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UPDATED:

15:30 GMT, 21 May 2012

A pool of Britain's biggest medal hopes have made a splash before the London 2012 Olympics.

Some of the swimmers and other athletes from aquatic disciplines who will be going for gold at the Games made waves as they posed in superhero costumes to encourage the nation to support them.

Diver Tom Daley and swimmer Rebecca Adlington were joined by water polo captain Fran Leighton, disability swimmer Sascha Kindred, open water swimmer Keri-anne Payne and synchronised swimmer Katie Dawkins for the photoshoot.

Super: (From left) Fran Leighton, Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington, Keri-anne Payne, Sascha Kindred and Katie Dawkins

Super: (From left) Fran Leighton, Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington, Keri-anne Payne, Sascha Kindred and Katie Dawkins

Payne admitted the shoot was 'something completely different to what we normally do', which makes it a surprise none of the athletes looked lost at sea.

In fact, by the looks of the image they eventually produced, it seems they dived right into their new superhero roles (a stroke of genius) and nobody was out of their depth.

She added: 'As an athlete We generally spend so much of our time swimming in the water so it is really nice to get pampered and have your hair done and make up and just do something completely different.'

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To highlight that the Games are taking place in London the London Eye and Big Ben can be seen in the background, along with the River Thames.

But they might need more than superpowers if they are planning on braving the freezing river – even in summer, if it arrives.

As part of the British Gas ‘Free Swims for Britain’ campaign, those who sign up to support the teams will be able to take the plunge for free in more than 700 pools, in leisure centres, health clubs and hotels across the country.

Free Swims for Britain runs from 13th April to 30th August 2012. For further information and to book your free swims go to www.britishgas.co.uk/freeswimming