Halsall looking sharp at early season Duel
17th December 2011
Fran Halsall laid down a marker for the Olympic season with a string of world class performances for the European All-Star team at the Duel in the Pool in Atlanta.
Competing over short course 25m, the British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmer was within a second of her pbs for both the 50m and 100m Freestyle.
First time I've broken a world record and first time I've been under 27 seconds unsuited for a return 50m.
The 21-year old clocked 23.73 in the 50m Freestyle - just 0.29 off her British record from the last Duel in the Pool in Manchester two years ago.
And while her time would have won gold at this month's European Short Course Championships, it was only enough to finish third in Atlanta behind Dutch duo Marleen Veldhuis (23.43) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (23.61).
Halsall's 100m Freestyle time of 51.95 was 0.76 shy of her European record from the 2009 World Cup leg in Singapore but was good enough for second on the day behind Kromowidjojo (51.87).
She also set an encouraging 57.29 to finish fourth in the 100m Butterfly and clocked 51.57 as the second swimmer in the European 4x100m Freestyle relay quartet (also Kromowidjojo and long course world champions Jeanette Ottesen and Aliaksandra Herasimenia) who sailed under the world record with their time of 3:27.53.
The world record will not be ratified because the swimmers were assembled from different countries but Halsall insisted she would take confidence from the result.
"First time I've broken a world record," said Halsall on Twitter. "And first time I've been under 27 seconds unsuited for a return 50m. Shame the WR doesn't stand!"