Ellie celebrates at Rio 2016

Ellie Simmonds

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Ellie Simmonds OBE is one of the most recognised athletes in the para-swimming team as a result of her incredible performances and her tearful celebrations across three Paralympic Games.

The youngest member of the British team at Beijing 2008, Simmonds won the 100m freestyle S6 before breaking her own world record by more than seven seconds for a second title in the 400m freestyle S6. She then won five European golds in 2009, four World Championship titles in 2010 and added another two European golds (both in world records) in 2011.

At London 2012 she held her nerve under the pressure of public expectation and a fierce rivalry with American Victoria Arlen to secure 400m freestyle S6 and 200m individual medley SM6 golds as well as 100m freestyle S6 silver and 50m freestyle S6 bronze medals.

Following London 2012 she has continued her medal-winning form, picking up three gold medals at both the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal and at her third IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven in 2014. At the latter event she lowered her 200m individual medley SM6 world record and claimed her first international 100m breaststroke SB6 title.

Moving to Manchester to train at the NPC, Simmonds continued her ever impressive performances into 2015 with four medals at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, one of which was gold in the 200m individual medley SM6. A silver and two bronze medals were also Simmonds’ for the taking.

Rio 2016

Ellie claimed gold at her third Games at Rio 2016, taking the Paralympic title in the 200m individual medley SM6. She became the first S6 swimmer to dip below the three minute mark, with a time of 2:59.81. She also won bronze in the women’s 400m freestyle S6, losing the title that she won in Beijing and London to Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko.

She also competed in the 50m freestyle S6, ranking 6th, and she finished 4th in the 100m breaststroke SM6.

Following Rio 2016, Ellie took some time away from the pool and returned to competition in December 2017. She qualified for the European Championships in Dublin in the summer of 2018 and went on to win two silver medals, in the 400m freestyle S6 and the 100m breaststroke SB6.

Major Results

Rio 2016

  • 200m individual medley SM6: Gold
  • 400m freestyle S6: Bronze
  • 100m freestyle S6: 5th
  • 100m breaststroke SB6: 4th
  • 50m freestlyle S6: 6th

London 2012

  • 200m individual medley SM6: Gold
  • 400m freestyle S6: Gold
  • 100m freestyle S6: Silver
  • 50m freestyle S6: Bronze

**Beijing 2008 **

  • 400m freestyle S6: Gold
  • 100m freestyle S6: Gold
  • 50m freestyle S6: 5th
  • 50m butterfly S6: 8th
  • 200m individual medley SM6: 5th

2018 World Para Swimming European Championships, Dublin, Ireland

  • 400m freestyle S6: silver
  • 100m breaststroke SB6: silver

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