Ellie Simmonds has urged the Tokyo Paralympics might be her final after she was disqualified in what’s more likely to be her last Video games race.
Simmonds is certainly one of British para sport’s most recognisable athletes after bursting on to the scene in Beijing earlier than occurring to win eight medals together with 5 golds throughout three Video games earlier than Tokyo.
She carried the flag for Nice Britain on the opening ceremony alongside John Stubbs.
Her last race, the S6 400m freestyle last, noticed her disqualified earlier than her fifth-placed end was reinstated on attraction.
China’s Yuyan Jiang received in a brand new world-record time with Simmonds’ fellow Brits Maisie Summers-Newton fourth and Grace Harvey sixth.
There stays an opportunity Simmonds competes on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham subsequent yr however her Paralympic profession now seems to be over.
“I feel that’s my final competitors,” she stated after the race. “To go to 4 Paralympic video games, together with a house video games and to return away with eight Paralympic medals and being a part of that Paralympic motion as effectively. So I feel for me, sure, that is going to be my final however I’ll go residence and consider.
“I’m not simply saying that as a result of I’m gutted or something like that, I knew going into these Video games this was going to be the final and I don’t suppose I may go for one more three years. I’m leaving it on the proper time, I like it, I’ve completely had an exquisite competitors and I’ve beloved each minute of it.
“I can’t thank everybody sufficient for the assist, my coach, my mother and father, my household, everybody, for getting me to those Video games and the opposite 4 Paralympics which is superb. There’s no phrases to explain it. I like the Paralympics and I like everybody on the workforce, it’s simply been unbelievable however I’m trying ahead to going residence.
“Not having your loved ones right here within the crowd has been exhausting, for me they’re like my consolation blanket, regardless that I’ve been going for therefore a few years.”
Information of Simmonds’ doubtless retirement got here forward of three GB medals at Tokyo Aquatics Centre, together with a fifth profession gold for Bethany Firth.
Northern Eire swimmer Firth retained her S14 100m backstroke crown in a time of 1:05.92, with team-mate Jessica-Jane Applegate taking bronze, simply over two seconds behind.
Firth, 25, has now received the occasion at three successive Video games, transferring her on to a complete of eight Paralympic medals, having additionally picked up two silvers in Japan.
In the meantime, Reece Dunn collected the fourth medal of his debut Video games, including S14 100m backstroke bronze to freestyle and particular person medley golds and butterfly silver.
The 25-year-old touched the wall in 59.97, with compatriot Jordan Catchpole 3.23secs slower in fourth.