Halsall to bid for 50m backstroke success at British Champs

Fran Halsall has revealed that she is targeting Commonwealth Games qualification in five events at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow – with one coming out of the ordinary.

Halsall is no stranger to a busy schedule having competed in six events on her Olympic debut at Beijing 2008 and then five at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games in 2010.

The 23-year-old sprinter returned from those last two with a medal in each of her five events contested for ten in total and was to swim in five again at the London 2012 Olympics.

Halsall failed to win a medal at her second Olympics however and did a reduced programme of three events at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, which returned 50m freestyle bronze.

She’s back to five though ahead of the British Championships, which act as a Commonwealth trial, including the 50m backstroke – an event she has never competed in at senior international level.

“It’s going to be a great competition. I’m hoping to post Team England consideration times in five events, including the 50m backstroke. This will be a new event for me but I’ve been training hard and it will good to see how competitive I can be,” said Halsall, a freestyle and butterfly specialist.

“If I make the team, Glasgow will be my third Commonwealth Games. The Games are a great opportunity for younger swimmers to take part and gain valuable experience on a world stage, and for me it will be good preparation for Rio 2016.”

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