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Simmonds swims to second gold in Manchester

8 March 2011

Double Paralympic champion Eleanor Simmonds secured the gold medal in the women’s 100m Freestyle on the fourth day of the British Gas Swimming Championships.

Simmonds (S6) won gold in the 100m Freestyle at the 2008 Paralympic Games Beijing as well as the IPC World Championships in Eindhoven last year.

I have a much bigger programme now but this event will always be special as I won the gold in Beijing.

And she extended her dominance in the multi-class race in Manchester, securing the European qualification time after touching home in 1:19.01 and winning 889 points.

“It’s good to keep this 100m Freestyle event going,” Simmonds said. “I have a much bigger programme now but this event will always be special as I won the gold in Beijing.

“I have a lot more to focus on now so to keep this one up to standard is pleasing. It felt good and controlled and I’m glad to have made the Berlin time.”

Rhiannon Henry (S13) won the silver medal in 1:01.85 and a points score of 862 while Louise Watkin (S9) took bronze with a total of 855 and a time of 1:04.35.

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In the men’s MC 100m Freestyle, World champion David Roberts claimed his first gold medal with a strong swim that saw him take 856 points after touching in 1:03.56.

“I’m pleased with the result but not particularly the time but some days you just have to win and that was what tonight was about,” Roberts said.

“I’m following a plan towards London and I’m where I want to be and tonight confirmed that.

Silver went to Matthew Walker with a score of 829 after touching just behind Roberts in 1:04.23. Simon Miller won bronze after finishing in 59.60 and a score of 799.

For full results and start lists from the British Gas Swimming Championships, click here.

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