Aquatics

Proud claims two gold medals at Luxembourg Euro Meet

PLYMOUTH Leander swimmer Ben Proud claimed two gold medals on Saturday evening at the Luxembourg Euro Meet.

The Great Britain star’s first win came in the 50m butterfly final – the event where he is world champion.

Proud showed impressive early season form to clock a meet record time of 23.02 seconds. He beat big rival Andriy Govorov of the Ukraine, who took second with a 23.20 swim.

The former Plymouth College pupil then came back into the pool and won the 50m freestyle event in another meet record. He clocked 21.89 seconds for the ‘splash-and-dash’.

Germany’s Damian Wierling and Japan’s Shinri Shioura took joint second in 22.26 seconds.

Proud’s Leander and Great Britain team-mate Tom Fannon also reached the 50m freestyle A final. He finished eighth in 22.92 seconds.

Fellow Leander swimmer Laura Stephens continued her good recent form in Luxembourg.  She came fourth in the women’s 200m butterfly in 2:12.73 and sixth in the 50m butterfly in 27.50 seconds.

In the longer event, she enjoyed a good battle with fellow British swimmers Charlotte Atkinson and Hannah Miley.

Former Plymouth College pupil Atkinson took third in 2:11.52, with Miley behind Stephens in fifth in a time of 2:14.04.

Atkinson also claimed bronze in the 50m butterfly event, which was won by world record holder Sarah Sjoestroem.

Plymouth Leander’s Madelyn Moore reached the women’s 50m freestyle B final on Saturday, where she finished fifth with a 26.52 second swim.

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