Proud takes men's 50m Free bronze in BudapestJuly 29, 2017
Ben Proud won bronze in the men’s 50m Freestyle on day seven of the FINA World Swimming Championships 2017 in Budapest.
The Plymouth Leander swimmer came into the race as joint third fastest qualifier overall.
He stepped up a gear in the final to take the third spot on the podium from Russia’s Vladimir Morozov.
The result brought Proud his second medal of the competition with a time of 21:43. He had already put in some impressive swims, taking the men’s 50m Butterfly title on the first night of finals.
Proud commented: “To come away with a bronze medal in an Olympic event is in some ways more pleasing than the gold medal in the Fly event.
“It means a lot to be able to go back to the team and be part of our great success as an Olympic event medallist.
“To even race in that final is an amazing achievement when you’ve got people going 21.1 and 21.2.
“This year’s definitely the fastest there’s been in a long time and to get my hand on the wall before a lot of other big guys and big names is a great feeling.”
— British Swimming (@britishswimming) July 29, 2017
Sarah Vasey reaches second final of maiden Worlds
A successful night for the British team saw James Guy also reach the podium with 100m Butterfly bronze.
Meanwhile, Loughborough University’s Sarah Vasey qualified for the women’s 50m Breaststroke final after racing a tough field.
She qualified from the heats eighth fastest, and improved on her placing in the semis. She touched in 30.46 to finish sixth fastest.
“It was a bit scary watching that second semi-final as I was a bit slower than I wanted to go but I’m just stoked to make a final again,” said Vasey.
“It was a faster swim than the heats this morning but still a bit off my best so I’ll be looking to improve tomorrow. I know there’s room for improvement.”
Vasey had already reached the 100m Breaststroke final on her World Championship debut in Hungary, finishing eighth in the final.
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