Ben Proud Pulverizes British 50 ‘Fly Mark Then Takes Helm Of 100Fr World Ranks: 45.97

Ben Proud - by Ian MacNicol

If Christmas cheer is what Ben Proud intended to deliver this week at the ASA Winter Meet at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge then his mission was accomplished with a following wind from Santa’s sleigh, Rudolph and any other red-nosed reindeers out there: a British 50m butterfly record of 22.39. In heats, the 21-year-old switching focus to a relay lead-off blast before the meet was done, his focus shifting to the spring beyond the turkey. Olympic trials, April, Glasgow.

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If Christmas cheer is what Ben Proud intended to deliver this week at the ASA Winter Meet at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge then his mission was accomplished with a following wind from Santa’s sleigh, Rudolph and any other red-nosed reindeers out there: a British 50m butterfly record of 22.39. In heats, the 21-year-old switching focus to a relay lead-off blast before the meet was done, his focus shifting to the spring beyond the turkey. Olympic trials, April, Glasgow.

Comments

DDias

Ok coach Jon, but it’s time for Ben to shine in the big pool!
That 45.9 would give him bronze in the last World Short Course champs.

Craig Lord

Indeed, DDias, though 45.9 is v impressive for 21-year-old just starting to show the meat on his bones … and shine in l/c he has, as a teen picking up two golds ahead of Magnussen, McEvoy, Le Clos and Schoeman, as noted in the article. You mean the biggest l/c pool of them all: a scenario that applies to most sprinters chasing honours in the Olympic pool next summer. The work is indeed for the l/c pool, Sheffield in December a fine try out, no more (though we shouldn’t be dismissive about four nationals records – there’s a deal of excellence in that kind of speed, as we know). Trials will tell us more about where its going … a few months to wait yet 🙂

gheko

Great swimming from Ben, double Commonwealth champion in the 50s, although he has not reached elite level (sub 48) in the 100m yet, the signs are there for a much improved 100m free!

Peter Lee

No mention of Manaudou’s 47.98?

aswimfan

starting to show the meat on his bones?

He sure already looks like hulk compared to McEvoy,

Craig Lord

aswimfan; I take it you have never stood next to Ben. He’s starting to show meat on bones – is correct; he looks like a spring chicken compared to Florent, for example.

Craig Lord

Yes, mention there is, Peter Lee … along with a great many other things that take effort and time

aswimfan

CL,

Every swimmer would look like spring chicken standing next to Florent 😀

Craig Lord

true aswimfan (relatively speaking – some v big blokes out there on the blocks) … but there are those one feels somewhat intimidated standing next to – Ben isn’t yet one of them… though he may well be one day 🙂

Dee

McEvoy is clearly of the Hoogie mould, Aswim. Slightly disingenuous to compare a pure sprinter with a 100/200 man.

Eugene

I have similar body composition as Manaudou (just an inch shorter, maybe) and I wish I could lose some of that meat on my bones without getting weak. Each time I swim at local Masters meets I have thoughts like that. But that’s hard when it’s your natural state. As well as it’s hard for skinny guys to put on some muscle while swimming a lot. We all have to learn to use the advantages that nature has given us.

Craig Lord

Yes, Eugene, good note. It cuts to the fundamental mistake of folk who tell kids to “swim like Michael Phelps”. No, please don’t; swim like you understand how you sit in water and how the water works around you and you with it… that’ll lead you to speed if speed is what you’re destined and shaped for 🙂

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