Among other British competitors, Jessica-Jane Applegate was also in the medals as she won her second silver of the championships with a personal best in the SM14 200m individual medley while teenager Alice Tai continued her impressive IPC Swimming World Championship debut with her second bronze medal in two nights.
Simmonds was one of five British athletes to claim silver medals at Tollcross pool alongside her fellow West Midlands swimmer Tully Kearney, Scottish pair Andrew Mullen and Scot Quin, and City of Sheffield’s James Crisp.
After qualifying fastest from the morning heats, the 20-year old pulled clear of the field in the breaststroke leg of the final before powering home in 3:01.02 – more than five seconds ahead of Ukraine’s silver medallist Yelyzaveta Mereshko (3:06.08). She swam a strong race only coming in behind the World Record holder in this event Daniela Schulte (Germany).
Pascoe went into the final with the fastest time and championship record.
Four-time Paralympic champion Simmonds, who was a frustrated second in the 400m on Monday, said of her win: “I really wanted that gold medal but I’m so shocked with the time”.
The 22-year-old was pleased to win in a category he doesn’t consider his forte, with his preferred 400m freestyle later in the week.
Hall said he felt fast in the water and was happy with his first swim in Glasgow. I don’t tend to focus on what he’s doing, I just focus on my times and chipping away at my PB. “I have a weight lifted off my shoulders because I worked so hard to get here and after the 200 IM, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do but I stuck through, believed in myself and made it happen”.
“But that one meant so much a year out from Rio and I’m chuffed to be world champion again”. “I’ve proved to myself that I’m capable and now I just have to do it”.
Nottinghamshire based swimmer Charlotte Henshaw smashed her European record in the 100m SB6 breaststroke, with 13-year-old Australian Tiffany Thomas Kane winning and Simmonds in bronze in 1:39.99, just under five seconds behind the victor.
Matt Levy finished second in the men’s 100m freestyle, and 16-year-old Maddison Elliott won bronze in the women’s 100m butterfly.
Lekeisha Patterson added to the Australian medal count, clinching the last spot on the podium.