SW: PROUD (GBR) - 'I could see his shadow and it was just getting further and further away'
GLASGOW - Comments from world champion Ben PROUD (GBR) after he qualified second from the heats of the 50m butterfly at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Monday
Ben PROUD (GBR)
On his heat:
"It felt a bit strange. I went in with different thoughts. The whole thing going through my head was just be controlled - controlled off the block, controlled in the dive and then controlled through the swimming. My aim was to do 18 strokes and I think I may have done it. Normally I am doing 19 so just change my tactics because morning swim, first swim of the season get excited and try and go fast but I just want to build through the rounds and get a good race in tomorrow night."
On being disqualified from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games:
"Realistically this year I have not had a 50 fly debut. When I went 22.8 in the morning at Commonwealths and got disqualified, it was a missed opportunity to show it was there. And I think this competition now is an opportunity to see what I have in the tank. Andriy (GOVOROV, UKR, world record holder) is 22.2 now so that is such a far step ahead but if I can chip away at my personal best I am happy with that."
On swimming next to GOVOROV in June when the Ukrainian broke the world record:
"To be in that race was quite special because as a swimming fan to get to race someone breaking a world record, it's quite exciting. As a competitor and as a person who is still learning and still developing, it is good to be next to someone going 0.7secs ahead of you and still try to keep focused. I could see his shadow and it was just getting further and further away. It was fun. I was quite happy for him, he has been chasing that for a while so I am glad he has got it."
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