ENS’ Ben Proud Busts Out Fastest 50 Free In British History – 20.40


The 2021 International Swimming League (ISL) season 3 final kicked off today and British swimmer Ben Proud made his presence known big-time here in Eindhoven.

Representing Energy Standard in the men’s 50m freestyle final, 27-year-old Proud posted the fastest time of his career, clocking a mark of 20.40 to easily defeat the field by over half a second. Not only did that beat the field handily, but Proud’s new PB checked in as a new British national record.

Entering this final, Proud’s career-quickest and British national record stood at the 20.66 he produced at the 2017 European Short Course Championships. Tonight, however, the man originally from Malaysia managed to hack off .26 from that result to further set himself apart as a British sprinting legend.

With his result tonight, Proud beat out Aussie speedster and multi-Olympic medalist Kyle Chalmers of Australia who touched in 20.96 as the runner-up for London Roar in the only other sub-21 second time of the field. Rounding out the top 3 was American Justin Ress of Cali Condors who clocked 21.00.

Proud’s 50m free victory here when it counted most in the final is a redemption of sorts from the racer who averaged just 3.66 points per match last season. This swim alone tonight garnered 12.0 points for the Brit to raise his average enormously to 19.66/match.

Proud now owns the 17 fastest short course 50 freestyle performances in history for his nation of Great Britain.

Ironically, the #2 Brit in history is also here in Eindhoven, albeit on the sidelines. Mark Foster, ISL poolside announcer, owns a lifetime best of 21.13 from the 2001 FINA World Cup stop in Paris.

As another demonstration of Proud’s dominance, his 21.11 PB and British national record in long course still beats Foster’s 231.13 in short course.


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1 year ago

This man rivals Ryan Murphy physique wise

Reply to  Verram
1 year ago

Ben is Clear of Murphy

1 year ago

Did you just compare Ben Proud’s 50 free to Mark Foster’s best diving score?

Reply to  ????
1 year ago

Ngl 231.13 is hella slow

I could probably beat that time sculling water with a pull buoy in between my legs

1 year ago

Should I just be lifting 6 days a week to drop time in my 50? This guy is a specimen

Reply to  Hmmmm
1 year ago

I saw Ben in an airport one time, and he looks even bigger next to ‘regular people.’

Scotty P
Reply to  Hmmmm
1 year ago

Proud legit looks like he could be in the men’s physique division of an amateur bodybuilding competition. I’d be very curious to see what he does in the weight room.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Very interesting interview with him on Brett Hawke’s podcast the other day. Among other things, he dropped 4 seconds in the 50 free from his late teenage years when he was swimming twice a week in board shorts and no goggles. Wasn’t until he moved to Plymouth that he figured out he was supposed to wear a Speedo and goggles. He was talking 20.5-.6 as the winning time for this final. Great swim.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

It’s one of the best podcast interviews. Ben Proud mastered it.

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