Sprinter Halsall finding form in Commonwealth year

10 March 2014 / 23:20

Two-time World Championship medallist Fran Halsall is in fine early-season form after winning five medals including four golds at the Mediterranean Open in Marseille.

Halsall won Britain’s only medal at the 2013 World Championships with bronze in the 50m freestyle, four years after her 100m freestyle silver, but appears strong over multiple distances ahead of next month’s Commonwealth trials.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a fine season in the corresponding second year of the four-year Olympic cycle in 2010 with five medals at both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

And she clocked the fourth fastest time of her career to win the 50m freestyle in France – one of four victories with success also forthcoming in the 100m equivalent and both sprint butterfly races.

Halsall wasn’t done there and claimed 50m backstroke silver, gold won by Georgia Davies who repeated the trick over double the distance while Lauren Quigley won the 200m equivalent.

Jazmin Carlin lowered her 200m freestyle Welsh record to 1:57.65 minutes, that only good enough for silver, however she was to claim victory in the 400m in France.

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