Second gold for Simmonds

  • Last Updated: September 3 2012, 22:35 BST

Ellie Simmonds welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron to her 'house' as she further cemented her place as one of the faces of London 2012 with her second victory of the Games, this time in the SM6 200 metres individual medley.

Ellie Simmonds: Gold and a world record

Cameron and ex-PM Gordon Brown witnessed a second gold in world record time and it was the former who presented the 17-year-old with her medal, although not to universal approval.

The Swansea-born swimmer was not the only British medallist on Monday night.

Natalie Jones was third behind her ParalympicsGB team-mate Simmonds while Sascha Kindred was second in the men's equivalent despite dipping under his old world record, Susie Rodgers won bronze in the S7 100m freestyle on her Paralympic debut which she later matched as part of the women's 4x100m (34pts) freestyle relay.

Simmonds was catapulted into the public eye four years ago with her tears on the podium after she won two titles in Beijing aged just 13.

Now the Walsall-born athlete is firmly embedded in the public consciousness and is surely a contender to make the shortlist of the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year having become a crossover star.

Fifth after the butterfly leg and fourth at halfway, Simmonds made her way up to second at the final turn where she produced a blistering freestyle - 1.38secs faster than anyone in the field - to touch in three minutes 05.39 seconds.

Victory sent the Aquatics Centre into a frenzy as with her S6 400m freestyle win earlier in the meet.

While Cameron was not greeted with universal applause on being introduced prior to the medal ceremony, any boos were drowned out by the raucous cheers and feelgood factor.

It was not the pair's first meeting of which she said: "I've met him at his house, in number 10. It's great to meet him in my place, really, at the pool.

"It was just congratulations. I don't really remember much, but being on the podium was just an amazing atmosphere and an amazing experience really, to be on it second time running. I'm just really pleased.

"That's really awesome to be competing in front of them, but not just them, to be competing in front of my friends and family. They all mean the world to me."

Her effort was 1.58secs inside the mark she had set this morning, an ambition she had in mind tonight.

She said: "Personally I believed I was going to get that gold medal.

"Tonight I knew I was on form from this morning. I knew it was going to be tough, but mainly I was racing against myself. I knew there was going to be people out there to watch."

As ever, Simmonds paid tribute to the team around her who have helped shield her from the pressure although she knows there is an expectation further victories are a formality.

Simmonds has featured prominently in the press although she has isolated herself in the lead-up to London.

"I've tried to focus. I haven't been on Twitter or Facebook or anything like that.

"Apparently 3.3million people watched my race, which is amazing, not just the support for me, but the support of getting the Paralympics out there.

"Hopefully people out there get inspired by us and get into sport. It's great people are watching the Paralympics."

Jones' third was overshadowed but it was an impressive performance by the 27-year-old who is competing at her final Games after making her debut in Sydney 12 years ago.

Jones, who just missed second by one hundredth of a second in 3:14.29, said: "It gets people more involved and more excited about the sport. The crowds have been phenomenal all week and it's because of her.

"She's got a big 60ft poster of her at the Westfield Centre. That helps.

"She's splashed all over the newspapers and stuff. It's fantastic for the sport and fantastic for us as swimmers to see it growing."

Liz Johnson was sixth in 3:25.64.

Sascha Kindred dipped under the old world record but still finished second in the men's equivalent.

The 34-year-old had not been dislodged from the top of the podium since first claiming gold in Sydney 12 years ago.

Narrowly behind Xu Qing at the final turn, the Chinese then pulled away to take 3.37 seconds off Kindred's world record in 2:38.62. The Briton also dipped inside his old mark to claim silver in 2:41.50.

He said: "He got bronze in Beijing. I got the gold on his home turf and he's sort of turned it round now. Hats off to him."

Matt Whorwood, S6 400m freestyle bronze medallist, was fifth in 2:53.08.

Rodgers held off any threat from Ani Palian to take bronze in the S7 100m freestyle in 1:12.61.

The 29-year-old Londoner said: "It's brilliant, absolutely fantastic.

"It's fantastic to be on the podium in front of your home crowd, all my friends and family in the audience. I could see my mum and my sister shouting at me. It was absolutely amazing.

"I don't like losing out on my home turf so it's nice to win something."

Rodgers swam the third leg on the relay, handing over to Louise Watkin in second after Steph Millward and Claire Cashmore had swum the opening two legs, the latter putting Britain first at halfway.

However, Australia pulled away for a dominant victory in a world record 4:20.39 with Britain just edged out by the United States by 0.14secs in 4:24.71.

Rodgers, who directly faced opponents less severely disabled, said: "It was a really tough race. A lot of us didn't expect some of the teams to go as fast as they did. All the girls did a great job."

Jonathan Fox, winner of the first British gold here in the S7 100m backstroke, was fifth in the S7 100m freestyle, one place behind team-mate Josef Craig.

James Anderson was eighth in the S2 100m freestyle.