Commonwealth Games: Ben Proud claims gold, Caster Semenya breaks record

downloadEngland Ben Proud retained his men’s 50m freestyle swimming title at the Commonwealth Games, as South African Caster Semenya won the women’s 1,500m in a record-breaking time.

Proud, 23, won gold in 21.35 seconds, ahead of Bradley Tandy of South Africa and Cameron McEvoy from Australia.

Semenya set a new Games record – and personal best – by clocking four minutes 00.71 seconds.

The home nations dominated the shooting as Wales’ David Phelps won 50m rifle prone gold, and England’s David Luckman and Parag Patel won the Queen’s Prize pairs.

Elsewhere, England’s Harry Tanfield won silver in the men’s individual cycling time trial while Hayley Simmonds took bronze in the women’s event.

England’s Louise Sugden won silver in the women’s heavyweight Para-powerlifting after team-mates Zoe Newson and Ali Jawad took bronze in the women’s and men’s lightweight divisions respectively.

Wales’ Anna Hursey, 11, won her first match in the women’s singles table tennis but was beaten by Malaysia’s Li Sian Alice Chang in her second group game to miss out on a place in the last 32.

After a rare disappointment for Adam Peaty on Monday, attention switched to another of England’s swimming stars on Tuesday – and Proud delivered.

His time was slightly slower than the Games record of 21.30 he set in the heats, but was enough to take gold.

“I’m very pleased with that. Last night was about the time, but that was all about the medal,” Proud said.

“It’s been a really special night. I am very positive for the rest of the year.”

Victory brought Proud his second medal of the Games, having won 4x100m freestyle silver.

Scotland’s Duncan Scott – a surprise winner of the 100m freestyle on Sunday – won silver in the men’s 200m individual medley behind Australia’s Mitch Larkin.

Holly Hibbott won 400m freestyle silver ahead of England team-mate Eleanor Faulkner, who secured her third bronze of the Games. Neither could get near 17-year-old Australian Ariarne Titmus, who made it a hat-trick of gold medals.

Wales’ Georgia Davies took bronze in the 50m backstroke, while team-mate Dan Jervis improved his lifetime best in the 1,500m freestyle by three seconds to win silver behind Australia’s Jack McLoughlin.

In the relay events, England’s team of Peaty, Proud, James Guy and Luke Greenbank won silver in the 4x100m medley final as Australia beat them to the gold by nine one hundredths of a second with a Games record of three minutes 31.04 seconds.

Wales’s team of Chloe Tutton, Alys Thomas, Kathryn Greenslade and Davies won bronze in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

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