With the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow just a few months away, Ellie Simmonds looked in ominous form as she clocked her first personal best of the season on the final day of the IDM Para-Swimming Meet in Berlin.
The 20-year old may be known for her international performances over Freestyle and Individual Medley, but she has added the breaststroke to her repertoire in recent seasons, winning European SB6 100m Breaststroke gold in Eindhoven last year.
And Simmonds sent out a message to her international rivals – not least British teammate and Paralympic silver medallist Charlotte Henshaw – that she is intent on adding the World title as she clocked a PB 1:39.63 to finish fourth in the MC final in Germany.
Simmonds’ effort was the fastest time by an SB6 swimmer since the London 2012 Paralympic final three years ago where Henshaw (1:39.16) finished fingertips behind Ukraine’s Viktoriia Savtsova (1:39.13).
Meanwhile, Hannah Russell brought the curtain down on the most promising mid-season meet of her career with her third British record of in Berlin.
The 18-year old, who had already set an S12 world record over 400m Freestyle and this fastest time since 2008 in the S12 100m Free, won MC 200m Individual Medley gold with a British record 2:30.69.
Russell won European silver on her first international outing in the 200m IM in Eindhoven last year, and has firmly established herself at the top of this season’s world rankings with her effort in Germany, more than five seconds quicker than her old British record.