VIDEO: Proud continues his record-breaking form on final day of Sheffield meet

Ben Proud

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Ben Proud destroyed two more British short course records on the final day of the National Winter Meet in Sheffield.

In the morning session, Proud knocked nearly half-a-second of the 50m butterfly best time of 22.87 seconds which was first set by Mark Foster in January 2001 and then matched by Leander’s Antony James in 2009 and Adam Barrett in 2014.

Proud clocked a stunning 22.39 seconds in the heats at Ponds Forge.

However, the double Commonwealth Games champion opted not to swim in that final so that he could concentrate on swimming another 100m freestyle race on the opening leg of the men’s relay.

Proud had broken that record on Friday, but he lowered it again by seven-tenths of a second on Sunday afternoon.

The University of St Mark and St John student clocked a staggering 45.97 seconds to shoot to the top of the world rankings.

That swim helped Leander take second in the men’s 4x100m relay event in an overall time of 3:15.76. The team, which finished behind Loughborough, was made up of Proud, Tom Fannon, Adam Milne and John Slater.

There was more record joy on the final day of the meet for Plymouth Leander, with Emma England setting a new British short course junior record in the women’s 50m freestyle event. England clocked 25.51 seconds to finish sixth overall, one place ahead of her team-mate Jessica Jackson, who clocked 25.55 seconds.

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