Simmonds in lane 1 in Kazan
|Full name||Elizabeth Clare Simmonds|
|National team||Great Britain|
22 January 1991|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (132 lb)|
Elizabeth Clare Simmonds (born 22 January 1991) is an English competitive swimmer who has represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA World Aquatics Championships, and European championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games. She specialises in backstroke events, and is a former European champion in the 200-metre backstroke.
Simmonds represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in both the 100-metre and 200-metre backstroke swimming events. She also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 200-metre backstroke swimming event, coming in fourth place.
Simmonds went to secondary school in Lincoln and trained with the Vulcans Swimming Club, later attending Loughborough University. Her early career largely coincided with that of her friend, teammate and former World champion and record holder Gemma Spofforth, with whom she shared the gold and silver medals at both the 100 and 200 metre backstroke at the 2010 European Aquatics Championships.
Personal bests and records held
|Event||Long course||Short course|
|50 m backstroke||28.58||26.88 NR|
|100 m backstroke||59.43||56.69 NR|
|200 m backstroke||2:06.79||2:00.91 CR NR|
|100 m individual medley||N/A||1.02.01|
|200 m individual medley||2:14.44||2:08.61|
|400 m individual medley||4:55.56||4.51.09|
|100 m freestyle||58.19||54.95|
|200 m freestyle||2.01.68||1.57.78|
|400 m freestyle||4.15.26||4.06.19|
|Key: CR= Commonwealth Record, NR= National Record|
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