Get Ready For Euros By Watching Ben Proud’s Monster 21.16 50 Free

With the European Championships kicking off in less than 20 days, re-live some of the action building up to the big event in the form of British swimmer Ben Proud‘s furious 50m free from last month. Competing at the 2018 Sette Colli Trophy, World and Commonwealth Games champion Proud threw down a mighty mark of 21.16, taking gold at the meet while establishing a new British national record.

Video courtesy of Swimming Channel.

Additionally with his performance, Proud slid into the top spot in this season’s world rankings, as well as checked in as the 4th fastest performer in history. The 23-year-old Energy Standard athlete sits only behind world record holder Cesar Cielo and France’s Frederick Bousquet, who both went sub-21 with the super-suits, and American Caeleb Dressel, who swam the fastest textile time ever last summer to win World Championships gold in 21.15.

Proud will compete against the likes of Russia’s Vlad Morozov, Greece’s Kristian Gkolomeev and Dutchman Jesse Puts, among many others, in Glasgow to keep his impressive time-dropping streak alive en route to attempting to stand atop the European Championships podium.

Leave a Reply

2 Comment threads
5 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
4 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

Actually, I thought his first stroke was a bit late, but it seems to work for him. Does anybody know if he always does the transition that way?

Coach Kyle Tek

Not sure, but I also saw that transition seemed slow. He could get more power/speed on the right arm by rotating onto his right shoulder before initiating the first stroke. As in a normal Freestyle stroke, initiating the pull while on your side generates more power than initiating while flat. Hard to tell from the video if he is totally flat or slightly rotated, but he could do with a bit more IMO. I also noticed how he had BY FAR the cleanest entry on his dive (check out the splash size if you slow down the video). Nice. Really lets him jump out to a good lead. At ~200 lbs (per Google), he manages to hold more momentum than… Read more »


Dressel does very well getting his arms into streamline position while moving forward. It actually seems like getting his arms high behind his back (with a negative shoulder angle) as his legs are pushing off the blocks pushes more force back into the blocks and gives him a better leap forward.

Coach Kyle Tek

For an illustration you can try right now, try jumping straight up in the air, see where you land (same spot if you went just up). Now do the same thing but start with your arms at your sides like Dressel or Proud, and AFTER you jump, swing them forwards (like you might do on a relay takeover). Where do your feet land? If you did that, you should have landed behind where you started. The harder you swing, the further backwards you go. Why does that happen? Newtonian physics. This also applies just the same when you’re moving forwards. It’s just easy to see jumping vertically because (until you move your arms) there is no momentum going forwards or… Read more »


I dunno, pausing at 0:20, it looks like Proud got more distance off his start than the lane 8 guy, and his entry angle was far and away the best in the field. Seemed to be loosing momentum just a little before his breakout, but overall, that was a killer start. Certainly killed Fratus next to him.

Coach Kyle Tek

Not really easy to tell based on the angle of the camera at about 12.5 meters. One problem with watching Long Course online…can’t always tell who’s really leading until they get to the wall.

Doesn’t seem like much difference to me, but I can’t say definitively without a better camera angle.

Would be cool if they had those speedy cameras that track with the swimmers from straight on at the side or above on a wire.

Coach Kyle Tek

Actually, scratch that. If you pause and try to count the segments on the lane rope they are like 12-13 segments behind 5m each…so I’ll still argue they’re roughly the same. But the camera angle doesn’t help matters.

It is also a perspective problem from the spectator’s view here. Lines converge towards the horizon. So the closer you get to lane 1, the further it appears you jumped. But the closer you are to lane 8 it looks like you didn’t go as far.

About Retta Race

Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

Read More »