Leander stars Proud and Meilutyte in stunning form at Edinburgh Meet

Ben Proud

PLYMOUTH Leander stars Ben Proud and Ruta Meilutyte produced stunning displays on the opening day of the Edinburgh International Meet.

The pair showed they are in fine form ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.

Proud has to qualify for the Great Britain team at next month’s trials in Glasgow.

However, he will go into those British Championships in the best form of his life.

He set a new personal best for the 100m freestyle on Friday night of 48.52 seconds, which was nearly two tenths of a second faster than his previous best time. It also puts him in the top six for that event in the world this year.

Proud had set a new 50m British record last month at the BUCS Championships and set four British short course records in as many days in December at the ASA National Winter Meet.

Proud’s club team-mate Mindaugas Sadauskas was fifth in Friday night’s race in 50.68 seconds.

Olympic champion Meilutyte, meanwhile, showed she has fully recovered from a broken elbow by storming to victory in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:05.82.

That was more than two seconds quicker than her nearest rival in Edinburgh, Yvette Mon-yi King, who clocked 1:07.88.

Meilutyte’s time takes her to second in the early world rankings just behind her big rival Yulia Efimova.

Fellow Plymouth Leander swimmer Laura Stephens won bronze in the women’s 100m butterfly final in a time of 59.38 seconds.

There were also medals for Leander’s Federico Poggio, who won gold in the men’s 17-18 year-old breaststroke final, and Emma England, who claimed a silver in the 15-16 year-olds 50m freestyle final.

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