Molly Renshaw’s 2:18 & Ben Proud’s 46.6 Take Shine Off 2009 British Records In Sheffield

Molly Renshaw by Patrick B. Kraemer

British records for Molly Renshaw, on 2:18.44 in the 200m breaststroke, and 46.69 for Ben Proud in the 100m freestyle for victories on the second day of action at the ASA Winter Meet in Sheffield provided further evidence of the inroads being made to the short-live but impact-heavy shiny suit past.

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British records for Molly Renshaw, on 2:18.44 in the 200m breaststroke, and 46.69 for Ben Proud in the 100m freestyle for victories on the second day of action at the ASA Winter Meet in Sheffield provided further evidence of the inroads being made to the short-live but impact-heavy shiny suit past.

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for33

Hopefully these efforts will translate well into long course later next year. It’s encouraging that both Mr. Barrett and Mr. Proud seem to be picking up steam in their 100m specialties. Great Britain will have a very powerful 4x100m male medley relay. Now we need Australia and Japan to gather strength!

commonwombat

For, whilst Adam Barrett certainly has 100 pedigree; Ben Proud’s record is most certainly one of a 50 specialist. Due to the lack of any better option, he is “it” when it comes to the free leg for the medley relay.

GBR is already well and truly in the “medal hunt” in the M4XMED given that they were only 0.5sec off bronze in Kazan. Strengthening their back half from their 2015 level will most certainly see them thereabouts however they, along with all other teams, cannot afford to “muck up” the heats.

JAP, like GBR, are already in the medal hunt given they were just behind GBR in Kazan. The one cautionary note is that 3/4 of their line-up are certainly in the veteran class.

Due to probably having one of the best, if not the best, “bookends” to their relay; AUS is most definitely a medal chance. Packard has started the LCM season in good form so prospects are that the BRS leg should be competitive however there appears little hope of the chronic fly leg weakness being fixed by Rio so they remain minor medal candidates at best …… unless the USA shoot themselves in the foot and break.

Craig Lord

All good, c’wombat. The interesting thing about the 46.6 100 from Ben Proud was the confirmation that he has made very solid progress in the past year during a time when coach Jon Rudd has been working with him to achieve just that. I think he has a much stronger /l/c 100 in him than we’ve seen as yet; he has to do it, of course but the potential is very obvious.

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