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Fran-tastic as golden girl leaves Aussies treading water.

Byline: JAMES PEARCE

GOLDEN girl Fran Halsall is gunning for more Commonwealth Games glory after her stunning victory in the 50m butterfly in Delhi yesterday.

The 20-year-old from Southport produced a major upset in the final as she defeated Australia's world champion Marieke Guehrer by 0.03secs.

Halsall was fourth after 20 metres but powered past three Australians in the closing stages to touch in 26.24secs.

"It definitely wasn't expected," a delighted Halsall said.

"Even my coach got a little bit excited about that and he doesn't get excited by much.

"I'm really enjoying it and I can't wait to get back out and do it again."

The former City of Liverpool swimmer, who is now based in Loughborough, continued her fine form after claiming five medals at the European Championships in Budapest in August.

Halsall is a hot favourite to strike gold again in today's 100m freestyle final and she had to overcome a bout of Delhi belly to strike gold yesterday.

"It was really nice to see the England flag at the top and two Aussies underneath," Halsall added.

"I don't really know the words to Jerusalem, I was going to sing Land of Hope and Glory because that's the one I know."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2010
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