Tokyo Paralympics: Ellie Simmonds’ gold-laden Paralympic career will come to an end

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Ellie Simmonds, a five-time gold medalist, anticipates Tokyo Paralympics 2020 to be her final; British swimmer Ellie Robinson, meanwhile, has basically ended her career at these Games owing to a persistent hip issue.

Ellie Simmonds, a five-time gold medalist, anticipates Tokyo Paralympics 2020 to be her final Paralympics.

After being disqualified in the S6 400m freestyle final on Thursday, Great Britain’s flagbearer in Tokyo failed to win a medal in the Japanese city.

Her previous best finishes were fourth in the SB6 100m breaststroke and fifth in the SM6 200m individual medley, both of which were won by 19-year-old teammate Maisie Summers-Newton.

Simmonds, who made her Paralympic debut at the age of 13 in Beijing 2008, won eight medals in four Games.

“I believe this will be my final post. I’ll return home and assess the situation “Channel 4 spoke with the 26-year-old.

“I’m not just saying it because I’m depressed or something. I knew going into these Games that this would be the final one. I’m not sure I could last another three years.

“I’m leaving it at the appropriate time; I adore it; I’ve had a fantastic competition and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

Robinson ends ‘on his own terms’

Due to an existing hip issue, British swimmer Ellie Robinson effectively ended her career at these Games as well, although she stated that she wanted this to be a “tale of success.”

On Monday, the 20-year-old could not defend her Paralympic butterfly championship, finishing fifth in the S6 50m event at Tokyo Aquatics Centre, which she won in Rio.

Robinson was diagnosed with Perthes disease in her right hip in 2012, a rare paediatric disorder caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to the top of the femur.

After her illness worsened last year, she feels “95 per cent of individuals” in her situation may not have made the current Games.

“These hips have a finite amount of time left in them,” she explained. “For me, that was last year when I ran out of time.”

“It would have been a very different tale if the Games had been held last year; I was swimming extremely well at the time. I recall telling myself that I would go to the blocks even if I had to crawl on my hands and knees.

“People have been telling me since December that I can finish now, but I recall yelling back at them, ‘I am not going to bow out.’ I’m not going to give up. I’m going to finish on my own terms.’

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