Ben Proud Secures European Title in 50 Free in 21.34

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Great Britain’s Ben Proud couldn’t come close to his remarkable 21.11 from the semi-finals, but he still did enough to beat the field by a tenth of a second. Proud touched in 21.34, followed by Greece’s Kristian Gkolomeev in 21.44. Italy’s Andrea Vergani also got on the podium, earning a bronze in 21.68.

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov continued his disappointing European Championships with a fourth-place finish. He previously did not advance out of the prelims of the 100 free due to the two-per-country rule, and in the 50, he could only manage a time of 21.74.

Lithuania’s Simonas Bilis, who won a swim-off to secure the last spot in the championship heat, improved to fifth after he touched in 21.97, followed by the Netherlands’ Jesse Puts (22.08), Finland’s Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (22.11) and Poland’s Pawel Juraszek (22.14).

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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