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Fran Halsall

Fran Halsall aiming to be fastest woman in world

25 July 2012

Loughborough University Swimming Club’s Fran Halsall has set her heart on becoming the fastest woman in the world at the London 2012 Olympics.

While the 22-year-old competes in four events at her second Olympics, the one she really wants to win is the 100 metres freestyle on August 2.

Fran (pictured) is also swimming in the 100m butterfly, the 50m freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle.

But it’s the 100m freestyle, in which she finished eighth in Beijing four years ago, that she has targeted.

Fran, who is based at Loughborough with British Swimming, said: “Definitely. It would be nice to be the fastest woman in the world.

“That’s the main thinking behind it. If I got one medal it would be brilliant but a gold in the 100 free, that would be the ultimate for me. It's the blue riband event.

“Everything has got to be perfect. It’s a case of just getting everything perfect.

“But it’s a case of two lengths rather than one, so I don't want to go out too fast because you want to be coming home fast.”

Fran says she feels ready after some great preparation, which started at Loughborough.

She said: “For various reasons I’ve not swum as quick as I can over the last couple of years. I’ve swum fast but not to my potential.

“But I’ve enjoyed a great preparation for these Games, and if a performance comes out on the day I will be there or thereabouts.”

Fran feels her fourth place at last year's World Championships will work to her advantage by taking the pressure off her.

She said: “I don't have ‘everyone’s looking at Fran expecting her to win because she won last year’ to deal with.

“If I come higher than fourth, I’ve done well. It’s a more comfortable position to be in. Before 2009 I wasn’t expected to get a medal, and I liked coming in in that position.”

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