Sprint specialist Ben Proud pushed an 18.1 50 free (with fins) at one of Energy Standard’s ISL workouts. At the end of their sprint workout, the ENS sprint group pushed a 50 for time with fins. James Gibson, Energy Standard’s General Manager, was the man behind the watch.
The final heat in the workout included Adam Barrett, Simonas Bilas, and Proud. These were there times, from a push:
When asked about his performance, Proud said simply: “Wasn’t quite 17.”
The fastest SCM 50 free is Caeleb Dressel‘s (USA) 20.16 that he set at the 2020 ISL Grand Final in Budapest, Hungary. Ben Proud‘s best time was from 2017 when he set the British record (20.66) at the European Short Course Championships. Proud has been as fast as 20.86 this season, which he achieved during Match 3 of the 2021 ISL season.
Check the video below from The Swimsuit Guy, who is a member of Energy Standard’s coaching staff this season:
For comparison, the world record in the 50-meter (LCM) surface swimming with a monofin is a 15.00, which was set by Colombia’s Mauricio Fernández at the 2016 World Championships. In fin surface swimming events, athletes use a long mono-fin and maintain a streamline for the duration of the lap. Athletes are also able to dive in using the blocks, and can streamline underwater through 15 meters, similar to the traditional pool events.
There are finswimming World Records with stereofins (two separate fins). In a long course pool, that record is 18.41. Finswimming’s official governing body, CMAS, doesn’t recognize short course world records.