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Ellie Simmonds tweets she is home after "the best weeks of my life"

Ellie Simmonds the 17-year-old, four-time Paralympic medallist from Walsall Credit: PA

Four-time ParalympicGB medallist Ellie Simmonds has written a message on social networking site saying "Finally home after an amazing Games, sad it is all over but it has been the best few weeks of my life!"

Ellie Simmonds, the 17-year-old from Walsall won silver in the S6 100m freestyle final, gold in the SM6 200m medley and the S6 400m freestyle as well as bronze in the S6 50m freestyle.


'If Ellie can smell our feet we're in trouble'

Ellie beat her own world record today to win gold. Credit: PA

Ellie Simmonds' family say they were more relaxed about today's race which saw Ellie win gold after a 'nail-biting night in the Aquatic Centre at the weekend.

Despite a dramatic last length that saw the 17-year-old swimmer take the lead to beat the world record she set in her heat earlier today, the Simmonds family remained cool and collected, something that surprised crowds sitting near them.

Saturday's race saw Ellie beat Victoria Arlen by a 5 second margin and snatch the world record from her rival.

Her sister Katie aged 24, said: "This was a lot more relaxing than the other one, after this morning, we thought Okay, we can relax. All the other swimmers are scared that if Ellie can smell their feet, they're in trouble."

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