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Loughborough's Fran Halsall tipped to star at Olympics

20 June 2012

Six times world champion Mark Foster believes Loughborough University’s Fran Halsall could be one of the stars of the London Olympics.

Hallsall is one of 13 Loughborough swimmers to have qualified for the Olympics and the 22-year old will compete in three events this summer - the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 100m butterfly.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the second Olympic swimming trials in Sheffield, where three more Loughborough swimmers are bidding to qualify, Foster said: "I think she could come out as one of the names of these championships.

"With Gemma Spofforth, Lizzie Simmonds (Loughborough), Hannah Miley, Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe - there's a host of names, so it's really exciting on the women's side.

"The swimming team is looking really bright, especially on the women's side. We've probably got the second or third best women's team in the world at the moment led by Rebecca Adlington.

"In years gone by I could have probably given you one name at the Olympic Games to look out for but this time, there's  Adlington and Keri-Anne Payne - reigning world champion."

He also has high hopes for Loughborough’s Liam Tancock.

He said: "On the men's, Liam Tancock is probably leading the way with James Goddard, so we've got a lot of people to look out for."

Loughborough’s Jack Marriott, Grant Turner and Emma Wilkin are all in Sheffield for the British Gas ASA National Championships, hoping to book a place at the Olympics.

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