Fran calls time on career

Southport's three-time Olympian Fran Halsall has announced her retirement from swimming.

Monday, 16th January 2017, 1:29 pm
Updated Monday, 16th January 2017, 2:31 pm
Fran Halsall

The 26-year-old was fourth in the women’s 50 metres freestyle at the Rio Games as an Olympic medal proved elusive once more.

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Halsall has won medals at world, European and Commonwealth level, including gold in the 2015 World Championships in the 4x100m mixed medley relay.

Halsall said: “Announcing my retirement from swimming is a weird concept to me as I’ve never seen it as a career or job. Just a hobby that I’ve loved doing and happened to be okay at.

“It’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next.”