Plymouth's Ben Proud breaks Games record in heat

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.

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.