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Proud's Roman Gold

Released: 16.06.14

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University of St Mark & St John elite sports scholar Ben Proud won the men’s 50m butterfly title at 51st Sette Colli international swimming meet in Rome.

Commonwealth Games-bound Proud continued his winning warm-up for Glasgow 2014 with a scorching 23.60 win in Italy.

Proud’s gold comes hot on the heels of gold medal wins for two other University elite sports scholars, new British 1m diving champion Rhea Gayle and synchro diving champion Robyn Birch who both topped the podium at the recent British Gas Diving Championships in Sheffield.

Top international swimmer Ben will represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 23-August 3.

Ben is the British long course butterfly (23.10) and freestyle 50m record holder (21.86).

His club and national coach Jon Rudd studied at the university and is an honorary graduate

Rudd said: “The University of St Mark & St John is strongly committed to supporting and helping talented swimmers with one of the most comprehensive and innovative scholarship schemes in the world of elite swimming.”

Plymouth Leander head coach Jon will lead England’s Commonwealth Games swim team this summer.

Find out all about how YOU could become a University of St Mark & St John elite sports scholar at our next BIG Open Day on Saturday June 21 or follow the link below…

Elite Sports Scholar Programme

Big Open Day


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