2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
- Thursday, April 5th – Tuesday, April 10th (swimming)
- Optus Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast, Australia
- Prelims at 10:30am local (8:30pm previous night EDT)
- Finals at 7:30pm local (5:30am EDT)
- Official Commonwealth Games website
- Meet Schedule + Results
- Live Stream (Canada)
- Live Stream (US)
- Live Stream (Australia)
Team England swimmer Ben Proud is renowned for having one of the world’s best starts. In Thursday’s prelims, in his first swim of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Proud’s start may have been a little too good – he was called for a false start, a rare occurrence at this level of sport.
Proud’s start, which was shown in this photo by BBC broadcaster Nick Hope, looked electric to the naked eye, but officials called it a little too good, saying that his leg moved before the starting signal.
Proud later appealed the decision to an independent panel, but they did not overturn the decision
Ben Proud’s start look PHENOMENAL but apparently it was just too quick & the 50m fly world champion – who would have been the quickest qualifier – is disqualified!
Don’t think he’ll be able to overturn that with an appeal, so the Englishman will have to focus on 50m free next. pic.twitter.com/SeQURgf2P5
— ✌️??♂️ᑎIᙅK ᕼOᑭᙓ???✌️ (@NickHopeTV) April 5, 2018
“I am in the shape of my life and am gutted to miss out on the opportunity to show what I can do,” Proud said.
“Coming into the competition there is always apprehension ahead of the first race,” he said. “With fans in the crowd, I wanted to give them something to cheer about by delivering a fast time.
Many of Proud’s competitors echoed his disappointment after the race, with Australian coach Jacco Verhaeren saying that the race wouldn’t be the same without him, and with new top seed Chad le Clos saying he “would prefer to have Ben in the race and come second to someone competitive with me.”
Proud’s recorded reaction time did not show on the official results. Under relatively-recent results, because his false start didn’t appear to impact other swimmers, the heat was not recalled and the false start was assessed at the end of the race. Proud was the top seed coming in by almost a full second and a near-lock for gold (22.75, Dylan Carter seeded 2nd in 23.73), and would’ve had the fastest time in prelims were it not for the DQ.
In his absence, South African Chad le Clos qualified 1st through to the semi-finals in 23.53 followed by Carter in 23.62. Aside from Proud, not contenders were eliminated in the prelims.
Proud is the defending Commonwealth Games champion in both the 50 fly and 50 free, as well as the defending World Champion in the 50 fly.
Updated with appeal information.