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Ellie Simmonds "shocked" by her performance

Ellie Simmonds Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Walsall swimmer Ellie Simmonds says she is "shocked" by her performance in this morning's 400m freestyle heat.

Ellie smashed the Paralympic record by more than 20 seconds during her S6 400m freestyle heat, with a time of 5:24.64, as well as breaking her own European record and securing her personal best (PB).

Friends and family of Great Britan's Ellie Simmonds watch her in the 400m Freestyle S6 Heat Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"I am shocked by it. All my coach (Billy Pye) said leading into it was to go in there and hopefully do a 5:30.

"But, yeah, really happy - I've just done a PB in a heat swim which gets me ready for tonight. It's going to be very tough but very exciting race but I am looking forward to it."

– Ellie Simmonds

The 17-year-old from Walsall was narrowly outside the world record as she made her intentions clear during the heat, booking a probably final showdown with American Victoria Arlen.

Ellie is the defending champion in the event. The final is due to take place at 17.50 tonight (1 September).

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