2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
- Thursday, April 5th – Tuesday, April 10th (swimming)
- Optus Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast, Australia
- Prelims at 10:30am local (8:30pm previous night EDT)
- Finals at 7:30pm local (5:30am EDT)
- Official Commonwealth Games website
- Meet Schedule + Results
- Live Stream (Canada)
- Live Stream (US)
- Live Stream (Australia)
On the penultimate night of competition on the Gold Coast, Ben Proud, representing England at these Commonwealth Games, produced a monster 21.30 in the men’s 50m freestyle to claim the top seed heading into tomorrow night’s final. This outing out performs the 21.45 Games Record Proud earned during heats, setting him apart from the rest of the field by a mile.
Proud’s enormous 21.30 effort also establishes a new British national record, as it shaved .02 off of the 21.32 the 23-year-old clocked in Sheffield at the 2017 British Championships. The Brit now sits atop the world rankings by almost half a second. Pause for a moment – in a 50m, among the best racers in the world, Proud leads the global pack by almost half a second currently.
Proud remains as the 13th fastest performer ever in the men’s 50m freestyle, an event which still sees Brazil’s Cesar Cielo’s mark of 20.91 from the rubber suit era as the world record.
For Proud, tonight’s race was a small consolation for his 50m fly false start that cost him a chance to defend his Commonwealth gold medal from 2014.
Below are the final 8 headed into tomorrow night’s 50m freestyle final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games:
- Ben Proud, ENG, 21.30
- Brad Tandy, RSA, 21.92
- Cameron McEvoy, AUS, 22.00
- Yuri Kisil, CAN, 22.09 (tied)
- Thomas Fannon, ENG, 22.09 (tied)
- James Roberts, AUS, 22.11
- David Cumberlidge, ENG, 22.15
- James Magnussen, AUS, 22.20