2018 C’Wealth Games: Ben Proud Produces 21.30 British National Record


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.

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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:

  1. Ben Proud, ENG, 21.30
  2. Brad Tandy, RSA, 21.92
  3. Cameron McEvoy, AUS, 22.00
  4. Yuri Kisil, CAN, 22.09 (tied)
  5. Thomas Fannon, ENG, 22.09 (tied)
  6. James Roberts, AUS, 22.11
  7. David Cumberlidge, ENG, 22.15
  8. James Magnussen, AUS, 22.20

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Lord and saviour king Dressel will crush

Sir Swimsalot

If I’ve learned anything in the 50 FR, it’s not to make definitive statements about results.


Wise words.
In 2012, Cielo was the heavy favorite to win 50 free at Olympics, after winning by the biggest margin ever in 2011 Worlds.He got Bronze.
In 2016, Manaudou was the heavy favorite after winning by the second best margin ever in 2015 Worlds (and Textile best at the time).He got Silver.
There is no certainty in a 50free.


Kind of hard to “crush” anyone in the 50 free. Even in Budapest, Fratus was slightly gaining on Dressel and the margin wasn’t huge. This isn’t the NCAAs where he can beat someone in a 50 by a body length.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo

Tbh, I think Dressel will definitely win by a good margin 20.7 to 21.1


Proud VS Dressel is going to be a great rivalry in 50 free LCM.


I would love that!

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