Fran happy despite missing out on fourth medal

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Fran Halsall insisted she could have no complaints as her bid for a third Commonwealth gold medal fell just short on Monday night.

Halsall was seeking to add to her success in the 50m butterfly and freestyle in the blue-riband 100m freestyle in Glasgow.

But there was to be no 11th career Commonwealth medal for the 24-year old, who finished fourth in 53.99 seconds.

“I feel good after that as it’s my best time of the season so I’m happy,” she said.

“I’ve been playing with my 100m freestyle this year and trying to work on different strategies to see what works best.

“I don’t think it’s quite clicked yet with what’s best for me to do so I tried something different and got my best time of the season, which is all I can ask for.

“It was a different strategy to the heats for the final and it’s a case of learning for the 100m freestyle now – I might not do it again, we’ll see.

“I was trying to go out a bit slower but I think I went too slow. You’ve got to try out different things to work out what’s best and we’ll see whether I get there at some point.”

Australian sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell took gold and silver respectively while teammate Emma McKeon completed a podium sweep for the team.

And, after a week of success at her third Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Halsall, had no complaints to see them having their turn in the spotlight.

“It’s fantastic to swim against them as they’re such great girls and so talented, it’s amazing to have them as rivals,” she added.

“They’re good fun as well and we have a good giggle so I’m happy for them to finish one-two. There is some nice sisterly love going on and they deserved it as they were the best swimmers in the race.”

Halsall has been one of the busiest swimmers in Glasgow and will return to the pool again today (Tuesday_ for the heats of the 4x100m medley.

Her focus will then switch to next month’s European Championships in Berlin, where she is seeking to add to her four career golds at the event.

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