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I'D CHEW MY ARM OFF FOR A MEDAL; Finalist Fran's hungry for success.

Byline: CHARLIE TALBOT-SMITH

IT WILL be every woman for herself in tonight's 50m freestyle Olympic final, after a comfortable qualification last night, but Fran Halsall insists she is more than up for the fight.

Halsall completed her one length of the pool in 24.63seconds in front of a raucous home crowd in the Aquatics Centre, good enough for third in her heat and fifth fastest overall.

After the disappointment of missing out in a medal in the 100m event earlier in the week, today is Halsall's last shot at an individual medal at London 2012.

All week, the Southport ace has insisted the 50m free is the event she is most comfortable in at the moment, and come tonight she is confident she can prove it: "I'm happy to have made the final," she said. "That was all I wanted to do in my semi-final, that was the goal and I have done it, so that's all I can ask for really.

"I'm all in for a bunfight in the final and I will need to create some magic, but I have done it in this pool before on the last night of the trials.

"The 100m made me a little bit angry but I know now that I have one last chance to nail it.

"I've got to try and be pleased with my 100m freestyle. I was only about a tenth-off what I swam at the trials, so to be around that time is all I can really ask.

"And when I swam that 100m in the trials I pulled out a very quick 50m not long after so if can do that again I will be one happy girl."

If Halsall is to grab a medal on the final night in the pool at London 2012 then she will have to fight off the likes of Holland's Ranomi Kromowidjojo, who won Halsall's semi-final by almost half a second.

But if the Liverpool ace can replicate her personal best of 24.11, then a podium place is more than possible.

"I'd chew off my own arm to get a bronze medal," she added.

"We'll just have to see what happens tomorrow now."

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QUICK ENOUGH: Fran Halsall checks the board after finishing her 50m freestyle semi-final last night
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2012
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