Chesterfield sprinter wins world silver medal on GB debut

Runner Ellie Simpson, of Chesterfield, has spoken of her delight at winning a silver medal on her debut for Great Britain at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 2:22 pm
A proud Ellie Simpson with her silver medal. (PHOTO BY: Luc Percival Photography)

The 24-year-old sprinter competes in a sport called RaceRunning, which is an event for athletes with cerebral palsy. She uses a three-wheeled frame, which resembles a tricycle without pedals, to give her balance and stability.

Simpson had to wait until the last day of the championships to get her shot at glory, but produced a superb performance in the 100m to finish only half a second behind the world number one, fellow Brit Kayleigh Haggo, in a personal-best (PB) time of 18.87 seconds.

“I am so over the moon!” beamed Simpson, who is coached by Jessica Davidson, also from Chesterfield.

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Ellie Simpson (centre) sprinting to second place in the World Para Athletics Championships. (PHOTO BY: Luc Percival Photography)

“To medal at my first major championship in my first GB vest, and with a massive PB too, is amazing.

“I knew I was capable of going sub-19 seconds, but I didn’t think it would happen in Dubai, especially with how nervous I was. I’m really proud, and so excited to see what I can do next.”

Simpson already holds the 200m world record, which she broke in Manchester earlier this year.