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Francesca Halsall

Fran Halsall was just 16 years old when she won her first major senior medals with 4x100m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley Relay for England at the 2006 Commonwealth Games then gold as part of the 4x100m Medley Relay quartet at the 2006 European Championships.

After swimming all three relays on her World Championship debut in 2007, she reached the 100m Freestyle on her Olympic debut in Beijing, ultimately finishing eighth.

At 19-years old, Halsall lifted her first World Championship medal, clocking a British record to claim 100m Freestyle silver at the 2009 Championships in Rome.

She won international acclaim for her performances the following season, lifting 10 medals across the 2010 European Championships and Commonwealth Games before ankle surgery stalled her progress in 2011.

But after making both the 50m and 100m Freestyle finals at London 2012, Halsall returned to the elite podium with World Short Course silver over 50m Freestyle in 2012 then World Championship bronze for the same event in 2013.

She was back to her best by 2014, winning three golds and two bronzes at the British Championships, then the 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly double at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games before finishing her season with another five medals - including individual golds over 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke - at the European Championships.


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