ELLIE ROBINSON only turned 15 last month but she has a confident head on young shoulders judging by her incredible “gangster” entrance in Rio.
The schoolgirl Paralympic swimmer strode onto poolside in a huge black jacket with the hood up – and when fans cheered her name she stretched her arms out in response.
Viewers on social media praised the courage of her conviction - and it was not just a flash in the pan minutes later she stormed to victory in the S6 50m butterfly, picking up gold and setting a new Paralympic Record of 35.58 seconds.
Teenager Ellie, who studies at Northampton High School and is nicknamed the "Rocket", impressed the commentator who says: "She means business. She's got her game face on that's for sure."
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Joyous fellow pupils gathered to watch the action on TV last night at the school, who tweeted: “Wow Ellie Robinson Paralympic champion. So proud. Amazing achievement.”
Dozens of sports stars lined up to praise Ellie, including Northampton and England rugby captain Dylan Hartley. He said: “Absolutely outstanding @EllieRobinsonGB !! Doing Northampton and GB proud.”
Many used the hashtag 'Thug life' accompanied by pictures of the teenager walking in for her race, while she was called "most gangster swimmer ever".
After the race, she said: "I keep looking around to check that I actually won, it’s so weird. I gave it everything and max-ed it.
"I put everything I have done in training into that race. It’s going to be weird to go back to school as a Paralympic champion.
'I keep looking around to check that I actually won, it's so weird. I gave it everything and max-ed it.'