Belfast Telegraph

Proud moment leads to disappointment for England swimmer


By Matt McGeechan

Ben Proud rued the final five metres of his Commonwealth Games as England were beaten by Australia in the last event of the swimming programme at the Gold Coast Aquatics Centre.

Proud won the 50m freestyle yesterday, the only time in nine medal events Australia failed to top the podium on the final day of action in the pool.

In all Australia won 73 medals, 28 of them gold, across the six days of competition.

England were the next best, with Proud's gold their ninth of the competition, defending the title he won at Glasgow 2014 in 21.35 seconds.

But the 23-year-old was left with mixed emotions after being overhauled by Australia's Kyle Chalmers in the relay.

"I can't help but feel disappointed looking at that last five metres," Proud said. "It was that little bit more that could've won the gold medal. The team did an amazing job and put me in a good position. I'm just sorry I couldn't hold on for a little bit longer."

Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty was also on the relay team.

Northern Ireland men's 4x100m medley relay team of Conor Ferguson, Jamie Graham, Jordan Sloan and David Thompson finished second in their heat in 3:42.99 and subsequently took sixth place in the final.

James Brown was sixth in his heat of the 200m individual medley in a time of 2:03.34 and finished 16th overall.

Para-swimmer Barry McClements of Ards was eighth in the S9 100m backstroke final in 1:09.08.

Cyclist Marcus Christie finished seventh and Xeno Young 25th in the men's Individual Time Trial.

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