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He had the almost home crowd in Glasgow cheering him on to his gold medal at the pool last night.
The teenager, who lives and studies in Plymouth, has more than lived up to all the pre-Games hype, and is now being touted as a future Olympic Champion.
Ben Proud's amazing achievements at the Commonwealth Games, two Games Record, two British records, two golds and a bronze have really put him on the map as far as international swimming is concerned. The youngest swimmer in the field last night he took apart the much fancied Australians to storm once again to victory.
Today at the University of St Mark and St John where Ben is studying they were relishing his success.
Ben is studying part time at the University to enable him to continue his training. He's in the pool in excess of twenty hours a week - and that's not including his strength and fitness training and his competitions. Fitting in studying as well is hard.
His storming success in Glasgow over the past week is testament to all the work that's been put in to get him there. It's not just Ben Proud who's become a big name in swimming - Plymouth has too. It must now be the place to come to train.
It's high tech facilities like this that encourage elite athletes to choose the University of St Mark and St John. who knows if one of thes youngsters here today could be the next Ben Proud.
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