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David Roberts of Great Britain gestures after winning the men`s 50m freestyle S7 final during the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing on September 14, 2008. [Agencies]

Briton David Roberts continued his personal gold rush by winning his 11th Paralympic gold in the men`s 50m freestyle S7 category last night.

"Winning 11 is the one I came here for, which puts me equal with my compatriot Tanni Grey-Thompson," he said.

"It`s something I didn`t believe would ever happen."

His young teammate, 13-year-old Eleanor Simmons, grabbed her second gold of the Games in the women`s 400m freestyle S6 with an amazing swim of 5 min 41.34 sec, 6.92 sec faster than the former world mark.

Yesterday saw 18 gold medals divided among 16 countries, with Britain and Canada winning two each.

Forty-three-year-old Swede Anders Olsson defended his Paralympic title and won his second gold of the Games in the men`s 400m freestyle S6, shaving 0.26 sec off the world record he set four months ago.

"It was like a dream. I had a very good start in the race, but I didn`t expect to break the world record," Olsson told The Paralympian.

Another swimmer who snatched a second gold in Beijing was Greece`s Charalampos Taiganidis.

He swam a world record 59.85 sec to win the men`s 100m backstroke S13.

"I am extremely happy that I broke the one-minute barrier. I have won five medals over here and I hope to win another medal for my country in my last event tomorrow," he said.

In the men`s 50m freestyle S11, Spainard Enhamed Enhamed secured his fourth gold and set a world record of 25.82 sec, bettering the 20-year-old mark by 0.12.

"This is my last event. The past week has been the best of my life. I am leaving with four gold and two world records, which has surpassed all I could have dreamed of," the visually impaired swimmer said.

The final 16 gold medals will be decided today as Paralympic swimming wraps up.

Date:2008-9-15 9:54:00     
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