2022 EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, August 11 – Wednesday, August 17, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Rome, Italy
- Parco Del Foro Italico
- LCM (50m)
- Start Times
- Prelims: 9:00 am local / 3:00 am ET
- Finals: 6:00 pm local / 12:00 pm ET
- Meet Central
- Event Schedule
- Live Results
- Live Stream
- Day 1 Finals Heat Sheets
Day one of the 2022 European Aquatics Championships saw a significant scratch in the men’s 50m fly as Great Britain’s Ben Proud was absent from the heats.
The 27-year-old speedster is coming off of a successful summer that saw the Briton take gold in the men’s 50m freestyle at the 2022 World Championships in Budapest, as well as gold in the 50m free and 50m fly at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
While he was entered in the 50m fly and the 50m free as the top-seeded man in each here in Rome, Proud is right now training Turkey at the Gloria Sports Arena under the tutelage of James Gibson.
Proud does intend to arrive later in the meet, though, including plans to race in the 50 free, his only other individual event of the meet. That race runs over the last two days of the meet, with prelims and semi-finals coming on Tuesday and the finals on Wednesday. Proud will be the top seed in that event.
Gibson tells SwimSwam that the decision to arrive late for the meet is about managing emotions in Proud’s third big meet of the summer. He won the 50 free at both the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, and also won the 50 fly at the Commonwealth Games.
Without Proud in the mix, Dutch speedster Nyls Korstanje has taken the top seed heading into Friday night’s 50m fly final, having established a new national record of 22.88 in tonight’s semi-final.