Friday, August 13, 2010

Halsall claims second Euro medal

European Swimming Championships 2010
Venue: Budapest Dates: 4-15 August
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Fran Hasall
Halsall won her second championship medal in a British record time

Fran Halsall added a silver medal in the 100m butterfly to her gold in the 100m freestyle at the European Swimming Championships in Budapdest.

Halsall was second behind Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem in a British record time of 57.40 seconds, with another Swede, Therese Alshammar, in third.

Earlier, British duo Megan Sylvester and Monique Gladding won bronze in the 10m synchro platform diving event.

They scored 3000.66 points to finish behind pairs from Germany and Ukraine.

Christin Steuer and Nora Subschinski won gold, while Iulia Prokopchuk and Alina Chaplenko took the silver medal.

It was Britain's first diving medal of the championships, with world champion Tom Daley set to defend his European 10m platform title on Sunday.


For Sylvester and Gladding, who won silver at the Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix last year, the result in Hungary represented a first European medal.

"I'm so happy to get that medal after what has been a really tough year for both of us," said Gladding, 29.

"It's great to turn the corner and show what we can do when we're fit.

Megan Sylvester and Monique Gladding
Sylvester and Gladding won silver at the 2009 Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix

"I had hip surgery this time last year and the recovery from that is a long process but I feel like I'm well on the way and results like this really help."

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Sylvester will now head to the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Monday on a high.

"We've not done a lot training this year because of Monique's hip and the fact I've grown four inches which means we've had to start over with how I approach the dives," said Sylvester.

"It changes how quickly you spin, when you take off and in this event to come through all that for a medal is great.

"We had a solid list of dives and held it together before saving the best until last for the medal."

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