After being disqualified from the Paralympics, Ellie Simmonds announces her retirement in tears.

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After being disqualified from the Paralympics, Ellie Simmonds announces her retirement in tears.

Ellie Simmonds announced her departure from the Paralympics with tears in her eyes.

After being disqualified in the S6 400m freestyle final, Ellie Simmonds has withdrew from the Paralympics. After the race, the 26-year-old broke down in tears on Channel 4, saying that she had planned to retire after Tokyo 2020.

“I believe that will be my final competition,” she stated.

“To go to four Paralympic games, including one at home, and return with eight Paralympic medals while still being a part of the Paralympic movement.

“So I guess this is going to be my last, but I’ll go home and think about it.

“I’m not saying it because I’m sad or anything; I knew coming into these Games that this would be my last, and I don’t think I could go another three years.

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

“I can’t thank my coach, my parents, my family, and everyone else enough for their support in getting me to these Games and the other four Paralympics, which is incredible.

“I don’t know how to put it into words. I adore the Paralympics and everyone on the squad; it’s been a wonderful experience, but I’m ready to return home.

“It’s been difficult not having your family here in the crowd; they’re like a comfort blanket for me, even though I’ve been going for so many years.”

After being disqualified in the S6 400m freestyle final, Ellie Simmonds has withdrew from the Paralympics. After the race, the 26-year-old broke down in tears on Channel 4, saying that she had planned to retire after Tokyo 2020.

Simmonds, who made her Paralympic debut at the age of 13 in Beijing 2008, has been hailed as one of Britain’s best Paralympians.

In her debut Paralympics, she won two gold medals and then went on to have a huge success in London 2012, breaking the world record in the 400m freestyle and winning another gold in the 200m individual medley.

Simmonds successfully defended her 200m championship in Rio 2016, setting a new world record in the process.

Simmonds was the flagbearer for the United Kingdom at the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony.

“Brinkwire Summary News”. She had already competed in the SB6 100m breaststroke final and the SM6 200m individual medley final.

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