Proud named in 29-strong GB squad for World Championships in Budapest

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Ben Proud has officially been confirmed in the Great Britain squad for this summer’s FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Proud was one of just five swimmers to automatically qualify for the championships by setting a new British record in the 50m freestyle event at last week’ trials in Sheffield.

However, Great Britain have announced a squad of 29 athletes that will travel to Budapest.

Also include is Proud’s former Plymouth Leander and Plymouth College team-mate Charlotte Atkinson.

The Isle of Man swimmer, who is now at Loughborough University, impressed last week in Sheffield, winning both the 50m and 200m butterfly races in personal best times.

Her 200m swim was inside the ‘consideration time’ for the World Championships.

Another former Plymouth College pupil Calum Jarvis is also named in the GB squad.

British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss said: “The selectors were pleased that so many swimmers achieved the qualification or consideration time.

“We set difficult standards but these reflect what we’re trying to do in British Swimming and what is required to be successful. To see so many swimmers achieving these times is very encouraging.

“The high number of records achieved last week didn’t surprise me. If we are to compete on the world stage you have to show continual improvement and that is what we saw at the championships.”

Proud is currently topping the 2017 world rankings in both the 50m freestyle and butterfly events.

He broke the British record at both disciplines last week, clocking 21.32 seconds for the one-length freestyle and 22.80 seconds for the 50m butterfly.

The World Championships take place between July 14 and July 30 and will also include diving.


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