Halsall ends Games with a silver

(left to right) England's Francesca Halsall, Siobhan O'Connor, Sophie Taylor and Lauren Quigley collect their silver medals after the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final, at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

(left to right) England's Francesca Halsall, Siobhan O'Connor, Sophie Taylor and Lauren Quigley collect their silver medals after the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final, at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Fran Halsall brought the curtain down on her third Commonwealth Games with an 11th career medal – but she knows the future has now arrived.

The Southport swimmer acted as the leader of England’s 4x100m medley relay team as they finished the penultimate event of the Games with silver behind Australia.

She arrived in Glasgow already boasting seven medals and silver pushed that to 11 after golds in the 50m freestyle and butterfly and second in the sprint relay.

A team of Halsall, Sophie Taylor, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Lauren Quigley clocked a British 4x100m medley record 3:57.03 minutes for silver in Glasgow.

At 24 years old, Halsall is far from over the hill but she’s the only member of the team over 20 and she’s excited about what the future holds in the pool.

“That was a tough race but I knew these girls were going to put me in a fantastic position and they did,” she said.

“They did everything they possibly could but [Australian] Cate [Campbell] is just a bit too big to catch in the end.

“I gave it my all as the girls did and to take the British record is fantastic.”

Immediately following Halsall and the England’s women’s 4x100m medley relay silver the men went one better and claimed gold in a Games record.

Australia’s women’s quartet clocked their own Games record of 3:56.23 for gold and Halsall admitted to an enjoyable end, despite not winning another title.

“It was good – it was very good fun and then to watch the boys go and smash it up on the last relay was fantastic as well,” she added.

“All the girls did a great job and going in on that last leg is always a bit tough especially being against Cate who is absolutely magnificent but I think I went a second and a half faster than I did in my individual.

“I was going for it for the girls and to get a silver medal was fantastic – it’s been an amazing week, the crowd has been awesome and I have really enjoyed swimming with these girls.”

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