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Proud smashes record to take gold in Serbia

7 July 2009

Stephanie Proud won the Women’s 200m Backstroke at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia adding another gold medal to Great Britain’s collection.

Proud smashed the Games Record, which she had already broken in the semi final, to capture the gold medal in a time of 2:08.91 at the Outdoor Tasmajdan Sports Center.

The World University Games record for the Women’s 200m Backstroke of 2:10.32, held by Japan’s Miki Nakao, had been in place for 10 years.

Proud, who was the born in Durham and swims as part of the Loughborough University, was the World Schools Champion in 2002 in both the 100m and 200m Backstroke.

Proud was chased all the way by American Kristen Heiss and Japan’s Tomoyo Fukuda who finished in the Silver and Bronze medal positions respectively.

“I am really pleased to have won a Gold medal at the World University Games as the standard of competition is very high coupled with the fact that I haven’t been to an international meet in a while. I have another two races to go (200m Individual Medley and 200m Freestyle) so I am looking to try my best in those and improve my best times” said Proud

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