Aquatics

Proud puts butterfly disappointment behind him to win relay silver

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Ben Proud put his butterfly disappointment behind him to help the England men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team claim silver medal at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.

World champion Proud was controversially disqualified from the 50m butterfly heats on Thursday after setting what he thought was a new Games record.

He admitted he was ‘gutted’ after an appeal failed to get him reinstated in the event where he was the reigning champion.

But he showed character to clock an impressive 48.35 second split on the second leg of the relay as England clocked 3:15.25 to finish behind Australia and ahead of Scotland.

He was joined in the England team by David Cumberlidge, Jarvis Parkinson and James Guy.

Afterwards Proud said: “I had 36 hours to put my head together and focus on this.

“We do not get the chance to train as a team very often. I gave everything I could and the team did the same.”

Proud will look to defend his 50m freestyle title later in the competition at the Gold Coast.

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