Ben Proud Makes History As Worlds, Commonwealth & European Champion


27-year-old Ben Proud of Great Britain made history tonight en route to winning gold in the men’s 50m freestyle at the 2022 European Championships.

With his title here in Rome, Proud becomes the first man ever to become World Champion, Commonwealth Games Champion and European Champion in the same event in the same year.

Tonight, Proud got it done for gold in a time of 21.58 after setting himself as the 2nd seeded swimmer out of the heats with a time of 21.78 followed by a top-seeded semi-final outing of 21.40.

With his 21.58 clocking this evening, Proud shimmied to the wall just .02 ahead of silver medalist Leonardo Deplano of Italy while Greek swimmer Kristian Gkolomeev produced a time of 21.75 for bronze.

Proud had already taken the 2022 World Championships 50m freestyle crown in a time of 21.32 while his Commonwealth Games victory came in a mark of 21.36. As such, tonight’s performance ranks 3rd out of the trifecta of gold medals.

Ben Proud‘s Personal Top 10 Best LCM 50 Freestyle Performances

Time Date Meet
21.11 08/08/18 European Championships 2018
21.16 29/06/18 Sette Colli 2018
21.30 09/04/18 Commonwealth Games 2018
21.32 22/04/17 British Swimming Championships 2017
21.32 24/06/22 19th FINA World Championships
21.34 09/08/18 European Championships 2018
21.35 10/04/18 Commonwealth Games 2018
21.36 03/08/22 Commonwealth Games 2022
21.40 16/08/22 European Aquatics Championship
21.42 17/04/21 British Swimming Selection Trials 2021
21.42 23/06/22 19th FINA World Championships

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Memma EcKeon
1 month ago

I hope he can get his Olympic medal in 2024

Philip Johnson
1 month ago

The year of Ben, great job.

1 month ago

When’s the last time they were all in the same year?? (Not including SC Worlds)

Last edited 1 month ago by FLSwimmer
Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  FLSwimmer
1 month ago

1998 and 1994 were the only other years this was possible, but they were both sc euros years

Last edited 1 month ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee
The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Emily Se-Bom Lee
1 month ago

So not the same exactly. This is the only year this has been possible in LCM and it may never be possible again unless Worlds change to every year.

Good for Ben he seems like a good guy who works hard. I still think his start is unfair to competitors especially those either side of him. If FINA felt it necessary to bring in the Lochte rule I don’t understand why they haven’t also banned this.

Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 month ago

Genuine question. What’s wrong with his start?

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Calvin
1 month ago

Standing up straight until “take your marks”. It means he is moving significantly to get into position. It means people both sides see him moving from the corner of their eyes when they are already set and that the starter has to hold them longer while he bends over to grab the block.

1 month ago

Damn, he is a muscle man! Always has been, but this picture of hím is insane!

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Reply to  Swimswum
1 month ago

The guy standing behind him to his right agrees with you.

1 month ago

Congratulations to Ben, but also to James and Marco as well for doing a great job with him over all these years! Well deserved!

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