Since 2013 Benjamin Proud has been the face of British Sprinting. After breaking the British record in the 50m butterfly in 2013 and winning two Commonwealth titles last year, Proud will be looking to add to his success and make his mark at the International level.
Proud, however, recognises that in sprint events, minimal mistakes can cost places in finals and on the podium. Proud wants to focus on the process in Kazan and produce the bets race that he can.
“I am still young and still trying to break through on to the scene so I am not thinking about medals. I don’t think I ever will before a major competition because I just try to be fast and if that is good enough for a medal then great but if not, then I am still young and trying to breakthrough,” Proud said.
This will be Proud’s second World Championships and this time he will have an even more important role when it comes to the 4x100m medley relay. Proud will be anchoring the relay and a mid-47 freestyle split will increase Britain’s prospects of medaling in the event especially with their loaded front half in the form of Chris Walker-Hebborn and Adam Peaty.
On the individual front, Proud will be facing stiff competition in the 50m and 100m freestyle events against the likes of Nathan Adrian, Vladimir Morozov and Florent Manadou. However Proud sees Kazan as a great opportunity to gain further experience ahead of Rio 2016.
Proud added, “This is like a stepping stone to the Olympics because no matter what happens at the Worlds, we have another year to go until the Olympics so I want to get more experience and see how it goes from there.”
Quotes courtesy of British Swimming.