Haughey splash lifts Olympic hopes

Central Station | 19 Apr 2021

Hong Kong saw its chance of an Olympics medal get closer after Siobhan Haughey set two new Hong Kong swimming records in a competition yesterday.

Haughey, who has already qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, broke her own 200 meter freestyle record in the Hong Kong Long Course Swimming Time Trial - a closed-door competition held at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

The 23-year-old athlete finished in one minute 54.89 seconds, which is 0.09 seconds quicker than the previous local record that she set in the 2019 World Aquatics Championships.

The record is also the third quickest in the world this year, only 0.49 seconds slower than the time of American Olympics medalist Katie Ledecky.

In her excellent form, Haughey also broke Hong Kong's 50-meter freestyle record 10 minutes later in the same competition.

She finished in 24.83 seconds, breaking Hong Kong's record of 24.85 seconds that she kept since 2019 in an annual swimming series Mare Nostrum held in Monte Carlo.

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