Francesca Halsall

Fran Halsall

"Sometimes water can be my harshest critic but when you use it correctly it’s magical!"

Francesca Halsall is a dedicated GB swimmer with many titles and accolades. Halsall was the anchor for the four-person GB team of athletes that set a new world record for the 4x100m medley relay in Kazan 2015.

Swimming for Team Arena, Halsall has been known to race in the Arena Carbon Flex Kneeskin, Arena Cobra Goggles and Arena 3D Racng Cap. Buy all three together for the Francesca Halsall Swimming Superhero Suit!

 

FRANCESCA HALSALL SUPERHERO SUIT

Arena Carbon Flex Kneeskin + Arena Cobra Goggles + Arena 3D Racing Cap

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Biography

Country: Great Britain

Date of Birth: April 12, 1990

Height: 172 cm

Weight: 63 Kg

Discipline: Freestyle, Butterfly, Backstroke

Coach: James Gibson

Club: Loughborough University, England

Time off: Travelling, chatting, shopping, smiling

Food: A good steak with a glass of red wine

Music: All sorts, especially live music – Friendly Fires, Kings of Leon, The Temper Trap, Rihanna, Katy Perry

Film: The Waterboy, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Fight Club, The Fighter, Ghost, Anchorman, Despicable Me

Profile

As a 13-year-old Fran would get up at 3:45am for 5:30am swimming training, afterwards going to school, and such was her prodigious potential that she won her first cap for England while still only 15, anchoring both the 4x100 free & medley relays to silver medals at Melbourne’s 2006 Commonwealth Games. Just over four months later at Budapest’s Euros she had her first taste of gold as she held off Britta Steffen in anchoring the medley relay; afterwards the German complimented her on a great swim. Solo success soon followed – silver-bronze in 100 & 50 free at the 2008 SC Worlds, 100 free silver at Rome’s World Champs, and a couple of 100 free Euro SC records in the 2009 FINA World Cup series. She won her first Euro title (100 free) in 2010, and despite succumbing to the notorious ‘Delhi belly’, came home from the Commonwealth Games with a “cheeky” 50 fly gold, three silvers and a bronze.

In 2011 she finished agonizingly short of the podium placings at Shanghai’s Worlds, and although she was in the top rankings of each of her events going into London’s 2012 Olympics, did not make the podium. At the 2013 Worlds in Barcelona, Fran was the only British swimmer to win a medal (50 free bonze), but 2014 marked a return to form as she won two individual golds at each of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games (50 free, 50 fly) and Berlin’s Euros (50 free, 50 back). At Kazan’s Worlds in 2015, she made the finals of both 50 free & fly without finishing on the podium, but anchored the victorious British 4x100 mixed medley relay, breaking the world record in the process.

WORLD RECORDS

4x100 mixed medley  (3:41.71, 2015 World Championships, Kazan)

EUROPEAN SC RECORDS

100 free  (51.19, 2009 FINA World Cup, Singapore)
4x50 mixed medley  (1:37.46, 2014 World SC Championships, Doha)

COMMONWEALTH GAMES

50 free  (23.96, 2014 Glasgow)
50 fly  (25.20, 2014 Glasgow)