9 Aug 2018

Proud primed for second strike as swimming concludes at Tollcross

Britain's Ben Proud is aiming to lower his championship record for the second time in two days when he races in the men's 50m freestyle final at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Thursday, one of nine finals scheduled for the last day of the swimming competition.

Britain's Ben Proud is aiming to lower his championship record for the second time in two days when he races in the men's 50m freestyle final at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Thursday, one of nine finals scheduled for the last day of the swimming competition.

Proud unleashed a lightning quick swim of 21.11 seconds in the semifinal on Wednesday to become the third fastest man in history behind world record-holder Cesar Cielo (BRA) and Frenchman Fred Bousquet, who holds the European standard.

Proud's performance sent a message to world champion Caeleb Dressel and he believes there is room for improvement in Thursday’s final.

"To drop 0.2 seconds this season is a really big bonus for me so if that is the fastest I have right now, then great," he said. "But I still feel there are a few things to fix so I am going to come back tomorrow, execute the (50m freestyle final) as I want to and give it one more shot.

"I just want to be at the head of the game with Caeleb."

Former Olympic and world silver medallist Laszlo Cseh heads the field in the 100m butterfly with fellow Hungarian and world junior record holder Kristof Milak also through alongside Britain's James Guy.

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) will be seeking her fourth gold medal of the week in the 50m butterfly with Yuliya Efimova (RUS) targeting a clean sweep of the breaststroke titles in the 50m after victories in the 100m and 200m.

The men’s 400m individual medley goes from morning heats to afternoon finals with David Verraszto (HUN) aiming for a third successive title and fifth consecutive visit to the podium.

Hungarian have strong hopes in the women’s 400m freestyle too, in the form of 16-year-old Ajna Kesely, already with a medal of each colour in Glasgow, and defending champion Boglarka Kapas. Holly Hibbott (GBR) is also a threat along with Sarah Koehler (GER).

The Glasgow 2018 swimming programme concludes with the men’s and women’s 4x100m medley relays.