Sprint ace Ben Proud stunned the field on the second night of action at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Long Course Championships in Sheffield breaking the British Record as he took gold in the 50m freestyle.
The Plymouth Leander swimmer, competing for the University of St Mark & St John, knocked 0.03 off his own British Record, which he set at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, touching in a time of 21.73, a remarkable feat considering Proud had stepped off a plane from a training camp in Florida only the day before.
Proud's impressive time puts him second fastest in the world so far in 2016, behind reigning world and Olympic champion Florent Manaudou of France, who clocked a time of 21.57 at the Golden Tour in Amiens earlier in the month, so an exciting Olympic year lies ahead for the sprint star.
On a huge year ahead, Proud commented, "I'm not really thinking about the Olympics too much - it's just another meet, but obviously I'm going to have to perform the best I've ever performed, so I'm just trying to focus on doing it step by step."
Following the event, a delighted Proud Tweeted:
Meanwhile, other notable performances came from Aimee Willmott, who claimed gold in the 400 IM in an impressive time of 4:36.21, Tim Shuttleworth of Loughborough in the 1500m Free setting a new BUCS record of 15:19.57 and a speedy 25.17 in the women’s 50 Free by Bath's Anna Hopkin.
Paralympic gold medallist Jessica-Jane Applegate set a new IPC World Record in the S14 800m Free, touching in a new personal best time of 9:20.10.