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Plymouth's Ben Proud breaks Games record in heat

No mistakes this time - Ben Proud is through to the 50m freestyle semis Credit: PA

Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud has qualified fastest in the 50m freestyle, breaking a Commonwealth record in the process.

It is a welcome result for the 23-year-old who was disqualified in his 50m butterfly heat after being judged to have moved on the block.

Proud sped to 21.45 to get through to the 50m freestyle semis - beating his own Commonwealth Games record of 21.76 set in Glasgow 2014.

Obviously before the race I was being a little bit reserved and as soon as I hit the water I knew I was safe, so I just tipped over and I didn’t hold back but with the morning sun I wasn’t putting in all my emotions in to it.

The first race is always going to bring an apprehension and some nerves. This morning I was listening to science signals and how long or short I should go and when it came to the race I just closed my mind and held back a bit at the end.

It was a nice relaxed swim and hopefully tonight I can push on a bit and set a good time. I’m in the shape of my life so no reason why I can’t be breaking 21.3 (seconds) and I just want to push the boundaries on what I can do.

– Ben Proud

The semi-finals get underway just after 11.30am today, 9 April 2018

Ben Proud is already bringing home a medal from the Gold Coast - he and his colleagues David Cumberlidge, Jarvis Parkinson and James Guy - won silver in the men's 4x100m freestyle on Friday 6 April.