Aquatics

Proud sets new Commonwealth Games and British record on his way to reaching final

BEN PROUD smashed the Commonwealth Games record twice in one day on his way to qualifying for the 50m freestyle final.

The Plymouth Leander swimmer was in sensational form in the heats and semi-final of the event on Monday morning in Australia.

Proud had been controversially disqualified in the heats of the 50m butterfly, but he appears determined to make up for that disappointment in the one length freestyle race.

He clocked 21.45 seconds in the heats, which was three tenths of a second quicker than his own Commonwealth Games record he set in Glasgow.

He then lowered that to 21.30 seconds in the semi-finals. That was not only a new Games record but also a PB and British record. It was also the fourth fastest time ever in a textile suit.

And Proud, who was six tenths of a second faster than anyone else in the semis, believes he can go even faster in Tuesday’s final.

He will be joined in that final by his Leander and England team-mate Tom Fannon, who produced an impressive swim of 22.09 seconds to qualify joint fourth fastest.

“It was faster than this morning which was the main thing,” said Proud after his 21.30 second semi-final swim.

“It was also a personal best so I am happy, but I think there is still more there. There are still a few things to work on and to fix, but I am very pleased.

“Hopefully I can go faster. I would like to go a little bit faster, but I was really pleased with that.”

He added: “Being disqualified before has made me more determined to show what I can do in this event.

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