Northampton teenager Ellie Robinson just misses out on medal in 400m freestyle final at Paralympics

Ellie Robinson
Ellie Robinson

Northampton’s Ellie Robinson missed out on claiming a second Paralympics medal when she finished fourth in Tuesday night’s final of the 400m S6 freestyle.

Robinson, who won gold in the 50m S6 butterfly on Friday night, performed excellently in the final, but found the pace a little too hot to live with in the 400m.

The race was won by world champion and world record holder Yelyzaveta Mereshko from Ukraine in a Paralympic record time of 5.15.01.

China’s Song Lingling was second and Robinson’s Great Britain team-mate Ellie Simmonds third.

Robinson came in fourth in a time of 5.27.53, which was a lot quicker than in her heat earlier in the day that saw Robinson finish second to Simmonds in a time of 5.41.04.

The Northampton High School pupil, who only turned 15 last month, started the final in great style and was sitting in the third for the first 200m.

But the relentless pace of her competitors proved just too much for Robinson, and she had dropped to fourth by the 250m mark, and that was where she stayed.

Earlier, Simmonds and Robinson had clocked the third and fourth fastest times of the first of two heats, with the top times coming from Mereshko and Lingling in the other heat, and the final went to that form.