Halsall sets fastest time of 2012 in 100m freestyle

EUROPEAN champion Fran Halsall secured her place in the Olympic 100m freestyle event after recording the fastest time in the world this year at the British Swimming Championships last night.

Halsall (inset) recorded a time of 53.57 seconds on the way to becoming No1 in the event’s world rankings and will be joined at the London Games by Loughborough team-mate Amy Smith.

“It’s a really good time for me right now,” said, Halsall, who qualified for London 2012 in the 100m butterfly earlier in the week.

“To be just off my world championship time of last year, four months from the Olympics, makes me really happy.”

In the men’s 200m individual medley final, Commonwealth champion James Goddard was edged out by Joe Roebuck, who qualified for his third Olympic event.

Earlier, double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington moved a step closer towards qualifying for her specialist event after leading from start to finish in the heat of the 800m freestyle.