Northampton swimmer Robinson breaks Games record as she strikes Paralympic gold

GOLDEN GIRL - Eleanor Robinson
GOLDEN GIRL - Eleanor Robinson
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Northampton’s Eleanor Robinson is a paralympic champion.

The Northampton High School pupil, who only turned 15 last month, stormed to victory in Rio on Friday night in the S6 50m butterfly, setting a new games Paralympic Games record in the process.

The Northampton Swimming Club member struck gold for Team GB as she raced home in 35.58 seconds.

“I keep looking around to check that I actually won, it’s so weird. I gave it everything and max-ed it,” said Robinson.

‘I put everything I have done in training into that race. It’s going to be weird to go back to school as a Paralympic champion”

Robinson also came first in her heats, and was cheered all the way by her school-mates back in Northampton.

Class-mates from Northampton High School posted video clips of them watching Robinson on a big screen, and the swimmer added: “Thanks to everyone who has been watching me at school, it’s so sweet.”

The win tops off a brilliant 2016 for Robinson, who also claimed four medals - three bronze and one silver - at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Funchal, her first competition for Teamn GB.

There she took bronze in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle events, and silver in the 50m butterfly.