Ben Proud burst on to the scene in 2013 with a couple of stand-out performances on the national stage.
Having won European Junior Championship silver over 50m Butterfly the previous season, he was the top British sprinter at the inaugural British Gas International Meet in March 2013, winning 50m Fly gold and 50m Freestyle silver in Leeds.
He carved his name in the history books three months later as he blew Mark Foster’s 10-year old British 50m Butterfly record out of the water, breaking it in the semis and final en route to his first British Gas Swimming Championship title.
Proud was in the form of his life in Sheffield as he set further personal bests to claim 50m Freestyle silver and 100m Freestyle bronze and secure a spot on the team for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona where he finished 18th in the 50m Freestyle and 11th in the 50m Butterfly.
In 2014, still only 19 years old, Proud won his first senior international medals, claiming the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly double on his Commonwealth debut for England at Glasgow 2014, then adding 50m Butterfly bronze and 4x100m Medley Relay gold for Great Britain at his first European Championships the following month.
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