Halsall foutrth in fly on penultimate night

3rd August 2013

Fran Halsall became the British Gas GBR Swimming team’s third fourth-place finisher of the 2013 World Championships on the penultimate day in Barcelona.

Having seen Jazz Carlin (400m Freestyle) and Andrew Willis (200m Breaststroke) narrowly miss the podium earlier in the meet, Halsall finished just 0.17 seconds outside the medals in the 50m Butterfly final.

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray ultimately took gold in 25.24 ahead of China’s Lu Ying (25.42) and the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo (25.53).

And while Commonwealth champion Halsall missed the podium on 25.70, she has only swum faster on one occasion – her British record 25.69 from the heats in Barcelona.

The 23-year-old had no time to wonder what might have been, returning to the pool for the 50m Freestyle in which she finished third in her semi final to progress fourth fastest to tomorrow’s final in 24.61.

And Halsall admitted she couldn’t have too many complaints about her two performances on the night.

“The 50 Fly final was right on my best – 0.01 seconds off what I did for my British record in the heats,” said Halsall, who also finished fourth in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle at the 2011 World Championships.

“It’s a horrible place to come obviously but looking at it in terms of what I did and how I swam my race, I was bang on.

“I was a little bit slower through 50 than how I wanted to be but I held my race the whole way.

“You’ve got to accept sometimes you’re not number one and fourth is where I’m at today.

“I’ve moved on and qualified for the 50 Free final so I’ll go get some rest and get ready for that now.”

Halsall’s Loughborough training partner Amy Smith was also in action in the 50m Free, finishing 19th overall from the heats in 25.37.

British Gas ITC Loughborough’s Dan Fogg was the third British swimmer in action on the day, progressing eighth from the 1500m Freestyle heats.

The 25-year-old, who finished eighth at London 2012 last year, set the third fastest time of his career and the fastest away from a British pool as he touched in 15:00.48 to make his first World Championship final.

“I’ve had four days since the 800m and every day I’ve been in the water I’ve been feeling that little bit better and swimming that little bit faster,” said Fogg, who was 12th in the 800m Free heats earlier in the meet.

“The confidence has been growing ever since the 10km really. I’m reasonably happy with that swim this morning as well. It was touch and go for the final but obviously I’m really pleased I’ve made it.

“I’ve got a lane and anything can happen in that final.”