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Gold for Plymouth's Ben Proud in the Commonwealth Games

Plymouth's Ben Proud wins gold in the 50m freestyle Credit: PA

Plymouth's Ben Proud has found glory after his devastating disqualification on Day 1 of the Commonwealth Games. He retained his title in the 50m freestyle final.

The 23-year-old led from the outset and throughout, finishing just under 0.5 seconds clear of South African Bradley Tandy in second place. Australian Cameron McEvoy claimed bronze.

The medallists: Bradley Tandy, Ben Proud and Cameron McEvoy Credit: PA

Proud's Plymouth Leander teammate Thomas Fannon also participated in the race, but wasn’t able to replicate his countrymen’s successes, as he finished eighth.

Ben Proud’s triumph doubled his medal tally at Gold Coast 2018, following on from Team England’s silver medal-worthy swim in the 4x200m relay on Friday 6 April.

When I lost the opportunity to retain my 50m fly title, I really was clinging on to what I had left.

To be able to retain this title gives me the energy to be able to come back in four year’s time in Birmingham in front of the home crowd, and hopefully I’m still in good shape and I can try and get it for the third time.

But that’s a long time in the future, at least right now I’ve done what I can, I’ve put myself in with a good opportunity and hopefully I can keep moving forward.

– Ben Proud, Gold medal winner

Ben Proud's win has been celebrated on Twitter.

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Diving to victory - Ben Proud takes off in the 50m freestyle final. Credit: PA