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Halsall on the mend and determined to reach the podium once again.

Byline: Daniel Schofield

FRAN HALSALL insists she is on the mend at the Commonwealth Games - and has vowed to prove so by climbing the podium in the 50m freestyle final today.

The 20-year-old City Of Liverpool swimmer was reduced to tears on Wednesday as a sudden case of Delhi Belly threatened to end her Commonwealth Games campaign there and then. However Halsall isn't one to give up that easily and was back in the pool yesterday progressing out of both the 50m freestyle heats and semi-finals.

Halsall qualified, given the circumstances, an impressive third fastest overall for the medal showdown after clocking 25.18seconds in her semi-final with Australia's Yolane Kukla leading the way.

And having reached her darkest hour in Delhi Halsall - who has already won 50m butterfly gold and 100m freestyle bronze - insists everything from now on will be a breeze.

"The 50m freestyle felt good out there and I didn't want to miss out in the morning and potentially another medal," said the Southport swimmer.

"I guess it is just a different day, a different girl. "I think I learnt how to deal with things and react to different situations.

"Wednesday night was a situation no athlete wants to be in.

"I managed to pull myself though and I was very proud of how I did.

"I have got confidence now that I can do anything that I did the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle in twenty minutes being on and off the toilet and going for drug testing.

"Anything now would be a walk in the park.

"I felt frustrated but you need to go with the flow.

"I was frustrated it happened to me on the day but I came out a lot better for it."

Halsall is one of several swimmers to fall ill at the Dr SP Mukherjee Swimming Stadium with reports emanating that the warm up pool in the arena could be to blame.

Commonwealth Games officials insist they will investigate the pool urgently with Halsall describing her bout of Delhi Belly as one of the worst illnesses she has ever had.

She said: "Obviously I can still be stronger but hopefully I will be full strength for the 50m freestyle final.

"I felt a lot better before the semis after some rest and recovery.

"I just need to keep it going.

"I have the 4x100m freestyle relay as well and that's what I want to be on form for. I had a bowl of plain pasta.

" It was not great but it stayed down okay.

"And I know now nothing can be much worse than Delhi Belly.

"I have had so much support from back home and people have been so fantastic it makes me proud to be English."

* SPAR, there for you and our GB athletes, proud supporters since 2004 www.spar.co.uk COMMONWEALTH GAMES - ENGLAND MEDALLISTS ON DAY FOUR ENGLAND: Gold: Nicky Hunt, Nichola Simpson, Danielle Brown, archery, women's compound.Liam Grimwood, Chris White, Duncan Busby, archery, men's compound. Stevan Walton, shooting, men's double trap individual.

Rebecca Adlington, swimming, women's 800m freestyle. Katrina Hart, para-athletics, women's 100m T37. Imogen Cairns, gymnastics, women's vault. Silver: Jenna Randall, synchronised swimming, solo. Daniel James, para-athletics, men's shot put F32/34/52. Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison, synchronised Imogen her gold in swimming, duet. Ellen Gandy, swimming, women's 100m butterfly. Simon Burnett, swimming, men's 100m freestyle.

Joe Roebuck, swimming, men's 100m freestyle. Stephanie Millward, swimming, women's S9 100m free. Mark Lewis-Francis, athletics, men's 100m. Luke Folwell, gymnastics, men's rings. Reiss Beckford, gymnastics, men's floor. Max Whitlock, gymnastics, men's pommel horse. Mick Gault and Nick Baxter, men's 10m air pistol.

with the vault Bronze: Anna Blyth, track cycling, women's 10km scratch race. Zoe Derham, athletics, hammer. Katherine Endacott, athletics, women's 100m.

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Date:Oct 8, 2010
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