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Ellie boosts Team GB gold rush in world record time

Medal joy: Ellie Simmonds with her fifth Paralympic gold
Medal joy: Ellie Simmonds with her fifth Paralympic gold

By Matt McGeehan

Ellie Simmonds thrived under pressure once again as Great Britain's swimmers capped another glorious day at the Rio Paralympics.

Table tennis ace Will Bayley won Class 7 singles gold and Aled Davies won the F42 shot put before Simmonds, Sascha Kindred and Susie Rodgers were triumphant in the pool as Britain's gold medal tally rose to 28 at the end of day five.

Paralympics GB had 63 medals - after a day's haul of seven - in all as archers Jodie Grinham and John Stubbs took silver and Jonathan Broom-Edwards finished second in the T44 high jump.

After 38-year-old Kindred won the SM6 200 metres individual medley in his final Paralympic race for his seventh gold medal, Simmonds was victorious in the corresponding women's race.

"I saw him from the call room and I was like 'I've got to do it now'," said the 21-year-old after claiming a fifth Paralympic gold.

"I love the pressure, it drives me forward. I just want to go and smash it. I was just thinking about me and the water."

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