Team GB Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds was briefly disqualified from fifth place in the women’s 400m freestyle in Tokyo, before being reinstated.
Following the race, Ellie announced that this Paralympic Games would be her last, and said:
“I’m leaving it at the right time, I love it, I’ve absolutely had a wonderful competition and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Why did Ellie Simmonds get disqualified at the 2021 Paralympics?
Ellie Simmonds was initially disqualified from fifth place in the women’s 400m freestyle S6 for not touching the wall on her second turn.
However, the swimmer was reinstated following a successful British Swimming appeal.
Ellie announced her retirement following the race, and the Paralympian told Channel 4:
“I think this is going to be my last… As an eight, nine-year-old, watching Athens 2004, to think as a kid then I would not just go to one Games but four. To go to a home Paralympics, to come away with eight Paralympic medals and being part of that Paralympic movement as well.”
Ellie added that she is going to “go home and evaluate,” but confirmed that she had gone into the Games knowing it was “going to be the last.”
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