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European Championships 2018: Ben Proud wins 50m freestyle for Great Britain

by ZwemZa on August 9th, 2018

PROUD EFFORT: But the Plymouth swimmer had to settle for second place in the British 100m freestyle final

Briton Ben Proud won his first European Championships gold with victory in the men’s 50m freestyle in Glasgow.

The 23-year-old Commonwealth champion held off Greek Kristian Gkolomeev, who was closing down in the final metres, to touch home in 21.34 seconds.

Proud’s team-mate Imogen Clark won silver on her international competition debut, behind Russia’s Yulia Efimova in the women’s 50m breaststroke.

Another Briton, James Guy, took bronze in the men’s 100m butterfly final.

Proud, who also won silver in the 50m butterfly, told BBC Sport: “I’m happy with that and to come away with the gold.

“I’m grateful to everyone who I’ve worked with so far and now it’s all about being ready for two years’ time [for the Tokyo Olympics].”

Clark, 19, said Proud’s achievement gave her added impetus before her race.

“It’s absolutely mad, I can’t believe it,” said the swimmer, who trains at Loughborough University.

“I was lifted by Proud’s gold – it leaves you all tingly. I just wanted to go after I heard that roar for him.”

Clark added that she was now focused on 100m breaststroke because the 50m is not an Olympic discipline.

Adam Peaty will bid for a fourth gold of championships in the men’s 4x100m medley relay later on Thursday. The 11-time European champion has already won gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 4x100m mixed medley.

Earlier in the day, double Olympic medallist Jazz Carlin came 14th in the open water 10k, with Alice Dearing and Danielle Huskisson in 12th and 15th.

Jack Burnell finished seventh in the men’s event and Tobias Robinson ninth.

BBC Sport

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