Eleanor Simmonds smashed her own women’s 200m individual medley SM6 world record en route to a second 2012 Paralympic Games gold medal. The 17-year-old poster girl of the London 2012 Games added a second title to the 400m freestyle S6 crown she claimed on Saturday. Simmonds rose to prominence in Britain by winning two gold medals in Beijing, aged 13. The silver medal went to Germany’s Verena Schott, with Simmonds’ compatriot Natalie Jones taking bronze.
It’s more gold for the U.S. thanks to Raymond Martin in the men’s 400m T52, whose time of 58.54 seconds was enough to take victory ahead of Japan’s Tomoya Ito. Not bad for someone taking part in their first Games! The U.S. are currently sixth in the medal table, no doubt eyeing a big improvement before Sunday's climax.
Australia sealed a comprehensive win with a world record-breaking performance in the final of the women’s 4x100 meter freestyle 34 point relay.
Jacqueline Freney anchored the Australian quartet home in a landmark time of 4:20.39, while the U.S. edged Paralympics GB for the silver medal.
It was Freney’s second medal of the day, having already won the individual S7 100m event.
Australia’s latest gold medal leaves them with 16 for the Games and fourth in the medals table behind Russia, Great Britain and leaders China.
“The Beast” has risen, Tatyana McFadden has clinched the Paralympic gold medal she craved in the women’s 400m –T54 final.
McFadden completed a journey which started in an orphanage in the Russian city of St. Petersburg and came to an end on the finish line of London’s Olympic Stadium as she beat China’s Dong Hongjiao into second place.
The 23-year-old had four silver and two bronze medals to her name, but finally added gold to her collection with a personal best time of 52.97 seconds.
Switzerland’s Edith Wolf, the 5000m champion, took the bronze medal.