Proud leads medal charge on final day in the pool

29th July 2014

Ben Proud completed the sprint double and the men’s Medley Relay team won gold on the final day of the swimming competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
There were also silver medals for Lauren Quigley and the women’s Medley Relay team, bringing England’s final medal tally in the pool to 28 medals.
Having already claimed the 50m Butterfly title, Proud added the 50m Freestyle title by touching ahead of Australian Cameron McEvoy in a time of 21.92.

Proud said: “To be honest, I didn’t expect to achieve anything from the race. I just wanted to get to the final and gain some experience by racing against some of the great swimmers that are here. It’s amazing to come away with the gold.

“As soon as you see one person in the team do well you think I really want that to be me and do well. So each of us has been bringing each other up to a new level.”

McEvoy touched in 22.00 while Hatfield’s Adam Brown was just outside his season’s best in 22.62 to for eighth.

In the 4x100m Medley Relay the men’s team of Chris Walker-Hebborn (53.40), Adam Peaty (58.59), Adam Barrett (51.02) and Adam Brown (48.50) put in a great performance to win gold in 3:31.51.

The team led from the start and a solid performance from Brown ensured the Australian team had to settle for second (3:32.21).

Brown said: “I knew I was up against James Magnussen, the fastest guy in the world right now, and I knew he was going to be chasing me that whole last 50m so I just dug in deep and gave it all I had, from the heart. Luckily I held on and finished a great race for these guys.

“To do it with all these guys, these teammates, it’s unbelievable. They did a fantastic job and I couldn’t have asked for a better setup than that. They knew I was up against the fastest guy in the world and set it up perfectly. I just had to get my hand on the wall before he did. We did it so I’m over the moon.”

The women’s team of Lauren Quigley (1:00.17), Sophie Taylor (1:06.39), Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (57.89) and Fran Halsall (52.58) weren’t quite able to catch the Australians and touched in an English record 3:57.03 for silver.

Halsall said: “That was good fun. All the girls did a great job and then to watch the boys go and absolutely smash it up on the last relay was fantastic as well.

“Going in the last leg is always very tough, especially when you’re going in against Cate [Campbell] who is absolutely magnificent, but I think I went a second and a half faster than I did in my individual which is great.

“To get some medals tonight is fantastic. It’s been amazing, the crowd has been awesome and I’ve really enjoyed swimming with these girls.”

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor added: “We’ve all had such a great time as a team. It’s been such a good atmosphere, people have swum out of their skins and it’s so good to be part of it. I just feel really proud.”

Lauren Quigley set a new English record in the 50m Backstroke. The Stockport Metro swimmer touched in 27.69 to take silver behind Wales’ Georgia Davies (27.56).

Quigley said: “I’m really pleased with that. To do another PB and finish behind an amazing swimmer such as Georgia [Davies] is amazing.

“To finish on that time is really good and gives me a lot of confidence. Training is obviously working and hopefully I’ll keep improving and see where I can go.”

Lizzie Simmonds swam her fastest time this year to touch in 28.54 for sixth. She said: “It’s a nice note to finish on. I put a lot of pressure on myself earlier in the week so it was about finishing off the week on a bit of a high. I’ve had a lot of fun tonight with the crowd and to do a decent time as well, I’m really pleased with that.”

In the 400m Freestyle Ellie Faulkner took two seconds off her qualifying time to touch in a season’s best 4:08.92 for seventh.

The City of Sheffield swimmer said: “It was a good swim. I knew it was going to be tough but I got stuck in and wanted to see what I could bring out. Coming seventh when I went in eighth was a good swim for me, and it was good to get close to my PB.”

Elsewhere, Jay Lelliott took six seconds off his lifetime best to clock15:05.83 in the 1500m Freestyle for sixth place while Daniel Fogg was seventh (15.13.72).  And Roberto Pavoni and Joe Roebuck secured fifth (1:59.30) and sixth (1:59.33) respectively in the 200m Individual Medley.