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Monday, 05 August 2013 (3041477)
Halsall picks up bronze at World Championships
by Henry James

SOUTHPORT-BORN Fran Halsall picked up Great Britain's only swimming medal at the World Championships in Barcelona when she took bronze in the 50m freestyle.

On Sunday, August 4 - the last day of the event - Halsall, who went to school at St Mary's College in Crosby, came third with a time of 24.30, the Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo won the gold (24.05 seconds) and Australian Cate Campbell took silver (24.14).

Following her bronze, Halsall, said: “A medal is nice but I wanted the gold, so it's bitter-sweet really.”

Halsall, 23, had started out of the blocks well and was in a good position halfway through the event, but Holland's Ranomi Kromowidjojo powered through to take the gold. Halsall's time was 0.19 seconds outside her British record.

Halsall, who came in fourth place in the 50m butterfly final which was held on Saturday, didn't pick up a medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

Britain's medal tally was two less than the UK Sport target. This was the country's worst performance at the event since 1994, when they won no medals in Rome.

At this year's World Championships, Britain came 20th in the medal table.


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