Proud Surprises Stacked 50 Fly Field To Earn Gold In British Record


Amidst a stacked field including 100m butterfly Olympic champion Joseph Schooling and newly-minted 50m butterfly American record holder Caeleb Dressel, 22-year-old Ben Proud kept his head down and his stroke strong to nail gold in the men’s fly splash n’ dash. Lurking as the 4th place swimmer after both heats and semi-finals clocking respective times of 23.11 and 22.92, Proud fired off a mighty 22.75 to take the top prize tonight in a new 50 fly British national record.

His time tonight knocks .05 off his own previous British record of 22.80 set at the British Championships this past April. At that meet, Proud had said his 50m fly strategy entailed taking just one breath near the closing flags of the race, after nailing a superb dive, underwater dolphin kicks and breakout. Those tactics paid off for the Energy Standard swimmer tonight, clearing race favorite and #1 seeded swimmer Nicholas Santos of Brazil, who touched just .04 behind in 22.79 for silver. Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov earned bronze in 22.84.

For Proud, the Brit now ranks as the 7th-fastest 50m fly performer of all-time.

1. Rafael Munoz 22.43
2. Nicholas Santos 22.51
3. Milorad Cavic 22.67
4. Andrii Govorov 22.69
5. Henrique Martins 22.70
6. Matt Targett 22.73
7. Ben Proud 22.75

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Santos best time is 22,61 not 22,51..


That piercing has gotta be painful.


I don’t think that’s surprising at all. He came into Worlds ranked second. Simply suprised cause Dressel didn’t make it.

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