Ben Proud Appeal Lost – 50 ‘Fly DQ; Miley, Horton, Titmus, Murdoch Set The Pace

Ben Proud by Patrick B. Kraemer

Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast – Day 1 Heats: England suffered a blow on the first morning of racing at the Commonwealth Games when defending champion Ben Proud was disqualified after being perceived to have moved on his blocks at the start of the 50m butterfly. His 22.84 would have been a Commonwealth Games record. An appeal against the decision was lost. Ian Thorpe, a man who knows what it feels like to mistime a start, was among those suggesting ‘It wouldn’t have been advantageous in any way’. An appeal is in. Elsewhere, all was well, Scotland and Australia booking a pair of lane 4 tickets to finals each: Hannah Miley took lane 4 for Scotland in the 400m medley and in with a shot at an historic triple; Mack Horton (AUS), the Olympic champion, was comfortably into lane 4 for the 400m free final; Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon occupied the middle lanes in the 200m freestyle finals for the hosts; and Ross Murdoch, on 2:08, will defend the 200m breaststroke crown from lane 4

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Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast – Day 1 Heats: England suffered a blow on the first morning of racing at the Commonwealth Games when defending champion Ben Proud was disqualified after being perceived to have moved on his blocks at the start of the 50m butterfly. His 22.84 would have been a Commonwealth Games record. An appeal against the decision was lost. Ian Thorpe, a man who knows what it feels like to mistime a start, was among those suggesting ‘It wouldn’t have been advantageous in any way’. An appeal is in. Elsewhere, all was well, Scotland and Australia booking a pair of lane 4 tickets to finals each: Hannah Miley took lane 4 for Scotland in the 400m medley and in with a shot at an historic triple; Mack Horton (AUS), the Olympic champion, was comfortably into lane 4 for the 400m free final; Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon occupied the middle lanes in the 200m freestyle finals for the hosts; and Ross Murdoch, on 2:08, will defend the 200m breaststroke crown from lane 4

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