Ben Proud Swimmer

  • DOB

    21 Sep 1994
  • Coach

    James Gibson
  • Club

    Plymouth Leander
  • Main event

  • Best result

    World Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 12
    • 7
    • 6
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Ben Proud is a World Champion sprinter in the 50m Butterfly and is also the first male British medallist in the 50m Freestyle blue riband event for more than ten years.

Proud (England) came back from the disappointment of disqualification in the Men's 50m Butterfly at the Gold Coast 2018 Games to defend his Commonwealth title in the 50m Freestyle after setting a new British record in the qualifying rounds. He also came away with two silver medals from the 4x100m Free and 4x100m Medley Relays.

He took gold in the Men's 50m Butterfly in a new British record time and is the first British man to even feature on the World Championship podium in that event since 2001 when Mark Foster took bronze. He also claimed bronze in the Men's 50m Freestyle, again the first British man to claim a medal in the event for 14 years.

Ben lowered the British records in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly on his way to the gold medals at the 2017 British Swimming Championships where he successfully booked himself onto the 2017 Worlds team.

Proud made his Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016 in the Men's 50m Freestyle final where he finished fourth and narrowly missed out on a medal.

In 2016 he secured double bronze at the LEN European Championships in the Men's 50m Freestyle and Butterfly held at the London Aquatics Centre.

After taking two senior titles at the 2015 British Championships in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, Ben headed off to Kazan for the World Championships where he made the finals for both events respectively.

In 2014, still only 19 years old, Ben (England) won his first senior international medals, claiming the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly double on his Commonwealth debut for England at Glasgow 2014, then adding 50m Butterfly bronze and 4x100m Medley relay gold for Great Britain at his first European Championships the following month.

He carved his name in the history books three months later as he blew Mark Foster’s 10-year old British 50m Butterfly record out of the water, breaking it in the semis and final en route to his first British Swimming Championship title.

Ben was in the form of his life in Sheffield as he set further personal bests to claim 50m Freestyle silver and 100m Freestyle bronze and secured a spot on the team for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona where he finished 18th in the 50m Freestyle and 11th in the 50m Butterfly.

Having won European Junior Championship silver over 50m Butterfly the previous season, he was the top British sprinter at the inaugural British Gas International Meet in March 2013, winning 50m Fly gold and 50m Freestyle silver in Leeds.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
50m Freestyle 2018 21.30 BR
100m Freestyle 2016 48.52
50m Butterfly 2017 22.75 BR
100m Butterfly 2013 54.88
4x100m Men's Medley Relay 2015 3:30.90 4th
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
50m Freestyle 2017 20.66 BR
100m Freestyle 2015 45.97 BR
50m Butterfly 2017 22.18 BR
100m Butterfly 2013 54.11
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 21.68 4th
100m Freestyle 2016 - Rio 49.14 29th
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Freestyle 2017 - Budapest 21.43 Bronze
50m Butterfly 2017 - Budapest 22.75 Gold
50m Freestyle 2015 - Kazan 22.04 8th
100m Freestyle 2015 - Kazan 49.35 23rd
50m Butterfly 2015 - Kazan 23.39 8th
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2015 - Kazan 3:15.70 10th
4x100m Medley Relay 2015 - Kazan 3:30.67 4th
50m Freestyle 2013 - Barcelona 22:31 18th
50m Butterfly 2013 - Barcelona 23.33 11th
Commonwealth Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Freestyle 2018 - Gold Coast 21.35 Gold
4x100m Freestyle 2018 - Gold Coast 3:15.25 Silver
4x100m Medley Relay 2018 - Gold Coast 3:31.13 Silver
50m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 21.92 Gold
100m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 50.06 9th
50m Butterfly 2014 - Glasgow 22.93 Gold
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2014 - Glasgow 3:16.37 Bronze
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Freestyle 2016 - London 21.73 Bronze
100m Freestyle 2016 - London 50.02 37th
50m Butterfly 2016 - London 23.34 Bronze
4x100m Freestyle Relay 2016 - London 3:17.13 7th
50m Freestyle 2014 - Berlin 21.94 4th
100m Freestyle 2014 - Berlin 49.33 14th
50m Butterfly 2014 - Berlin 23.21 Bronze
4x100m Medley Relay 2014 - Berlin 3:31.73 Gold
British Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
50m Freestyle 2017 - Sheffield 21.32 Gold
100m Freestyle 2017 - Sheffield 50.50 13th
50m Butterfly 2017 - Sheffield 22.80 Gold
50m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 21.73 Gold
100m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 48.72 Silver
50m Freestyle 2015 - London 21.99 Gold
100m Freestyle 2015 - London 48.83 Silver
50m Butterfly 2015 - London 23.51 Gold
50m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 22.31 Silver
100m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 49.54 Silver
50m Butterfly 2014 - Glasgow 23.42 Gold
50m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 22.01 Silver
100m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 49.48 Bronze
50m Butterfly 2013 - Sheffield 23.10 Gold
50m Freestlye 2012 - London 23.42 27th