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Commonwealth Games: Proud gives England first swimming gold

Benjamin Proud claimed England's first swimming gold of the Commonwealth Games and set a new Games record of 22:93sec in the process as he won the men's 50m butterfly on Friday (25 July).

GLASGOW: Benjamin Proud claimed England's first swimming gold of the Commonwealth Games and set a new Games record of 22:93sec in the process as he won the men's 50m butterfly on Friday (25 July).

South African veteran Roland Schoeman took silver with his teammate and 200m butterfly Olympic champion Chad le Clos in third.

It was the second time in two days that Proud had beaten the Commonwealth record having also done so in qualifying on Thursday.

"I don't know what to say. I just treated it like any other race, but now tears are almost in my eyes," said the 19-year-old.

And the more experienced Schoeman acknowledged he had been beaten by the better man.

"I knew it was going to be tough. Proud is a talented athlete," said the 34-year-old.

"I'm happy to get second."

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