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Swimming - 13. August 2010.

BRITISH SWIMMING SET UP FOR STRONG EUROPEAN FINISH

Britain will go into tomorrow with a lot to race for and medals up for grabs. Kate Haywood and Fran Halsall will be both in action again as they take on the Women’s 50m Breastroke and 50m Freestyle finals respectively.

 

For Haywood (British Gas ITC Loughborough), who finished her semi-final in 31.24, it’s the end of a long year where she had been dogged by injury.

 

"That was a personal best and I've not done one for so long," said Haywood “I've still got two more medals to shoot for so I'm trying not to get carried away.

 

"I had surgery a year ago and to come back with a best time, I'm really happy with that. It's been really hard so to come today and swim well is a relief."

 

Halsall (British Gas ITC Loughborough) finished her heat second fastest while team-mate Amy Smith (Loughborough University) finished eighth in the other semi.

 

"My swimming speed's a lot quicker than it has been," said Halsall. "I think I'm in the mix and I've got a bit left so hopefully it'll come good on Sunday. I've still got two more medals to shoot for so I'm trying not to get carried away."

 

Ellen Gandy (Beckenham) will swim in the Women’s 200m Butterfly final after impressing into tonight’s semis with a time of 2:08.01 but there was heartache for team-mate Jemma Lowe (Stockton ASC) who missed the final by 1/100th of a second.

 

"I struggled for the first couple of days after a flight from my home in Australia but I've acclimatised now and hopefully the final will go like my semi-final," said Gandy.

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