Eleanor Simmonds denied gold at IPC European Championships

IPC Swimming European Championships

Venue:
Berlin
Date:
3-9 July
Coverage:
Daily text and video reports on BBC Sport website; live commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra Fri 8 July (1635-1840).

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Simmonds denied gold in thrilling race

Britain's Eleanor Simmonds just missed out on gold in a thrilling S6 100m freestyle final at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin.

The 17-year-old was forced to settle for silver only 14 hundredths of a second behind rival Mirjam de Koning-Pepper of Holland.

Great Britain's Natalie Jones finished the race in third place.

Later, a win in the 34-point 4x100m medley relay final took Britain's final gold medal tally to 27.

Heather Frederiksen, Claire Cashmore, Stephanie Millward and Louise Watkin set a world record time of four minutes, 52.40 seconds.

They dominated closest rivals Russia in second and Spain, who took the bronze.

"It was absolutely fantastic," Frederiksen said. "We all pulled together and swam really strong to get a fantastic result at the end of it."

Cashmore added: "I think it will really spur the team on and is a really good way to end the meet. It looks really good for 2012 where we will try to come back even stronger."

In the S7 100m Freestyle final, Susie Rodgers won her fifth gold and sixth medals of the championships.

"The turn was really crucial and I knew that it was somewhere that I could pick up some speed," Rodgers said.

"As long as I kept down and fast and with everyone for the first 50 I knew that I would have a good chance at staying ahead on the way back.

The 27-year-old has had a memorable international debut, dominating the S7 category by winning the 100m backstroke, 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly and helping the 34pt 4x100m freestyle relay quartet to gold.

"It has been a great week. I have to go straight back into training for another meet but after that I can go out with some friends and celebrate."

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GB swimmers sign off in style

Sixteen-year-old Oliver Hynd beat older brother Sam's European record to win gold in the SM8 200m individual medley with a time of 2:25.75. Sam picked up bronze in the same race.

Rhiannon Henry capped her competition off with gold in the women's S13 100m freestyle, coming from behind to win in the final 25 metres.

Emma Hollis won her fifth medal of the tournament by earning a silver in the SM8 200m individual medley.

National performance director John Atkinson was satisfied with the performance of the British team, who finished second overall in the medal tally, ahead of the 2012 Paralympics in London.

"To finish the competition with a world record ahead of the Paralympics next year is promising and I have been pleased with how well our debutantes stepped up to the plate with many of them medalling," he said.

"They all now need to go back to training and get the foundations of training in place ready for the trials next year."

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