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Ellie Simmonds steals the show on golden night for British swimmers

Swimming - Women's 200m IM - SM6

On a night of three golds in the pool for ParalympicsGB Ellie Simmonds stole the show by becoming the first SM6 swimmer to race below three minutes in the 200m medley. After an F42 shot put gold for Aled Davies during the morning session of the athletics Simmonds followed Sascha Kindred’s lead by shattering the world record in the clammy Aquatics Centre. The 21-year-old, who suffers from achondroplasia dwarfism, won her fifth Paralympic gold with a time of 2min 59.81sec.

Michael Phelps caps a glittering Olympic career with one final swimming gold

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling poses with U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps during a training camp in Singapore

In the same way the statue of Christ the Redeemer dominates the Rio skyline so Michael Phelps now transcends his sport. It did not require one final gold medal in the 4x100 medley relay – his 23rd gold and 28th Olympic medal – to reinforce his status as the most decorated Olympian of all time but he delivered it anyway. The outstretched arms of Phelps will encourage swimmers to aim higher for as long as there is water on the surface of the earth.

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Swimming - Women's 200m IM - SM6

Ellie Simmonds steals the show on golden night for British swimmers

On a night of three golds in the pool for ParalympicsGB Ellie Simmonds stole the show by becoming the first SM6 swimmer to race below three minutes in the 200m medley. After an F42 shot put gold for Aled Davies during the morning session of the athletics Simmonds followed Sascha Kindred’s lead by shattering the world record in the clammy Aquatics Centre. The 21-year-old, who suffers from achondroplasia dwarfism, won her fifth Paralympic gold with a time of 2min 59.81sec.