New mark for Haughey in Hungary swim

Local | Phoenix Un 28 Jul 2017

Swimmer Siobhan Haughey broke the Hong Kong record again as she came fifth in the 200-meters freestyle final in the FINA world swimming championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Haughey is the first Hong Kong swimmer to make it to the final of the championships. Although she has yet to catch up with the world's fastest, she has already created history for the SAR.

Haughey, 19, was on the seventh lane in the final, competing with famous swimmers such as world record holder Federica Pellegrini from Italy, Hungarian favorite Katinka Hosszu and five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky from the United States.

Haughey was able to keep pace at the beginning, but the distance slowly widened after half way.

She finally came fifth, with a time of 1:55.96, breaking the Hong Kong record she set in the semi-final the day before at 1:56.21.

This was the third time she has broken the Hong Kong record in two days, as she had already broken the record in the preliminary with a time 1:56.62.

Pellegrini won in 1:54.73, defeating Ledecky and Australian Emma McKeon, who both made 1:55.18. Russian Veronika Popova was fourth - just 0.7 seconds faster than Haughey - but the Hongkonger finished faster than Hosszu, who made 1:56.35 and was seventh.

Meanwhile, after less than 24 hours of rest, Haughey advanced to the 100m freestyle semi-finals by coming 15th among 79 swimmers. Making a time of 54.45, she was unable to break the Hong Kong record of 53.99 which she set earlier in the 4x100 freestyle, but was able to book a place in the last 16.

Haughey, swimming along with American Simone Manuel, was sixth in her heat. World record holder Sjostrom was first in the preliminary, in 53.01, while Manuel came third, with 53.17.

Haughey's teammate Rosanna Sze Hang-yu wrote a congratulatory message on her own Facebook page, saying she is proud of Haughey.

"Her progress has promoted Hong Kong to another stage of the world's swimming competitions," Sze wrote. "Her breakthrough makes others recognize that one can break the false ceiling of history with determination."

Coach Michael Fasching, who has been training Haughey since she was a child, said he was happy and proud of her results.

Head coach of the Hong Kong team Chen Jianhong said Haughey's success, as well as Fasching's and his colleagues' training for her, have proved that the SAR can produce world- class swimmers.

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