Commonwealth Games champion Ben Proud set for Scotland return


PLYMOUTH Leander swimmer Ben Proud is set to compete in Scotland for the first time since winning two Commonwealth Games gold medals in Glasgow last summer.

The 20-year-old is due to swim at the Edinburgh International Meet at the Royal Commonwealth Pool this weekend.

Proud is one of a host of Britain’s top swimmers who will be using the meet to build up for next month’s British Championships, which will act as trials for the World Championships in Kazan.

Also set to compete in Edinburgh are the likes of Adam Peaty, Ross Murdoch, Michael Jamieson, Jazz Carlin, James Guy, Hannah Miley, Fran Halsall and Sophie Taylor.

Proud, Commonwealth Games 50m butterfly and freestyle champion, will face tough competition from America’s former Olympic champion Anthony Ervin.

The pair are set to go head-to-head in the 50m and 100m freestyle events in Edinburgh.

Proud showed he is building up well for the British Championships by winning and setting new records in the 50m freestyle and butterfly races at last month’s BUCS Championships.

British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss believes this weekend’s meet is a good stepping stone for next month’s trials at the London Aquatics Centre.

“The timing of the event is perfect in terms of the race strategy implemented by British Swimming. At just four weeks out from the trials it gives athletes one last hit out,” said Furniss.

“The programme includes Olympic and skins events and these provide athletes with the opportunity to race their main events as well as a training situation for the sprinters.

“With a strong contingent of British athletes it guarantees there is a good competitive standard to the meet and that’s helped to attract an impressive field from all over the world.”

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