Great Britain's Ellie Simmonds "didn't expect" S6 50m freestyle bronze

Simmonds 'surprised' by bronze
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Great Britain's Ellie Simmonds says that winning a bronze medal in the women's S6 50m freestyle was a "massive surprise".

Great Britain's Paralympic double-gold medallist Ellie Simmonds has admitted that she never expected to pick up a medal in the women's S6 50m freestyle final.

The 17-year-old, who has dwarfism, finished the race in the Aquatics Centre in a time of 36.11s.

"That is a massive surprise," said Simmonds. "This is my fourth event and I was going into the final fourth so I didn't expect that.

"I was hoping to go for a personal best and see what happened and so to get a bronze, I will definitely take that. To be on the medal podium again ahead of the 100m later this week is a great sign."

The British Paralympian clinched gold in the S6 400m freestyle as well as the SM6 200m medley.

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