Golden girl Ellie Simmonds: I kicked for home and just went for it
ELLIE Simmonds claimed her second gold of London 2012 when she won the SM6 200 metres individual medley and broke her own world record in the process for the second time in a day.
As with her heat swim, the 17-year-old produced a blistering freestyle leg to go past Oksana Kruhl as if she was treading water to win in three minutes 5.39 seconds, dipping 0.75secs inside the mark she had set in the morning.
The Swansea-based swimmer had been shocked by her earlier performance and on seeing the scoreboard last night, she had a beaming smile on her face.
It was her second title of the week after her success in the S6 400m freestyle, also in a world record time.
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Not to be forgotten, team-mate Natalie Jones took bronze in 3mins 14.29secs, but all eyes were on Simmonds.
A delighted Simmonds said: "I'm so pleased that I won — a world record again, another PB and to go on the podium again. I'm just so chuffed.
"Two golds now and I'm going to enjoy it.
"That was a tough race. I was just trying to go as fast as I can and to do a PB.
"I'm just really happy.
"My front crawl is my main stroke, it's where my advantage is, where I catch people up. She was ahead of me, and I panicked a bit. I didn't know if I could catch her up.
"I just kicked for home and really went for it."
Jones said: "I've worked so hard for this over the last three months. I'm just so delighted that I've got a medal."
Bridgend's Paul Davies was "over the moon" after capping more than two decades of hard work with table tennis bronze on his Paralympic debut.
The 45-year-old has been working towards appearing at the Games since becoming more actively involved in the sport in 1991, five years after he was paralysed in a motorbike accident.
That effort paid off as Davies ensured himself a podium finish after winning a tense C1 bronze medal match 3-2 against South Korea's Lee Chang-Ho in front of a raucous home crowd at the ExCel.
"I am over the moon to be a Paralympic bronze medallist," he said. "I've been playing for 21 years, since the day my son was born until today so it is a happy day."