Francesca Halsall wins bronze in 50m freestyle

Halsall wins bronze in 50m freestyle
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Francesca Halsall secures a bronze medal in the women's 50m freestyle at the FINA World Championships.

Great Britain's Francesca Halsall won the bronze medal in women's 50m freestyle at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

The 23-year-old came in third with a time of 24.30 seconds behind second-placed Cate Campbell and gold medallist Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

"A medal is nice but I wanted the gold so it's a little bittersweet really," Halsall told reporters. "I knew it was really close right at the end. I'm happy to be on the podium but I really wanted to win it.

"I've been getting better and better to that 15m mark and I've been really been working on my start with [coach] James [Gibson].

"My start has been coming down and down this season. I knew Ranomi next to me is a great starter so I just used her but I was spinning by the end."

Earlier in the event, Halsall narrowly missed out on the podium with a fourth-placed finish in the 50m butterfly.

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