Ben Proud continued his impressive form with a second British record on day two of the ASA National Winter Meet (25m) 2015 in Sheffield.
Having taken down Mark Foster’s 14-year old British 50m Freestyle record on day one, Proud added the 100m Freestyle title and British record to his collection.
The 22-year old didn’t have an easy ride in the final, but managed to hold off the attentions of Loughborough University’s James Disney-May (47.65) and the University of Bath’s Calum Jarvis (47.89) to take the touch in 46.69.
And the Plymouth Leander swimmer, who is Commonwealth champion over 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, admitted he had been working hard in training pool to improve his speed over 100m.
“I’m really chuffed,” said Proud. “After last night’s swim, I knew I was in form. I knew I had the speed and I could use that to my advantage.
“I didn’t execute it the way I wanted to and I feel like if I had another shot, I could chip away a few extra fractions of a second but I’m really happy to go 46.
“That’s a big PB for me – almost a second – so all the preparation we’ve been doing around the 100 this year is showing.”
Molly Renshaw was the only other swimmer to lower a senior record on the day, soaring to a new 200m Breaststroke marker.
The 19-year old Loughborough swimmer, who already holds the long course British record for 200m Breast, won gold in 2:18.44 – a time which would have won gold at the recent European Short Course Championships.
Renshaw’s effort was more than two seconds under Hannah Miley’s old record from six years ago, and she admitted she was hoping to transfer her form to the imminent long course season.
“I think it’s important to be strong from the very beginning of the season and hopefully that will keep going into next year,” said Renshaw.
“That swim has given me a lot of confidence, especially with my turns which have been a big focus for me and I need to apply tonight’s success to long course racing in the spring.”
Aimee Willmott and Rachael Kelly were among the other gold medallists on day two in Sheffield, taking home golds in the 800m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly respectively.