Ellie Simmonds obliterates world record to win Paralympic gold
Ellie Simmonds claimed her third Paralympic gold medal in a thrilling 400m freestyle final, smashing the world record by an astonishing five seconds.
The Swansea swimmer was neck and neck with American rival Victoria Arlen for most of the race until the 17-year-old surged ahead in the last 50 metres to win by just over a second in a time of 5:19.17.
An emotional Simmonds, who goes to Olchfa Comprehensive School, was clearly overcome by the occasion and started crying with relief after the finish.
Still trying to hold back the tears moments later, she said: "I just went and gave it my all. I'm so exhausted. I can't believe I did it. It was so tough.
"I saw her (Arlen) on the last 100 metres and I thought I'm going to have to put my head down and I'm going to do it for everyone who's supported me.
"My coach said it was going to be won in 5:19 but I didn't believe him.
"I was exhausted but I just put my head down and went for it and gave it everything.
"I did it for myself, I did it for my family.
"I'm just going to go back and enjoy this moment now. I can't wait to see everyone in the crowd. I'm so excited."
Simmonds, the defending champion in the event, won two Paralympic gold medals at Beijing in 2008.