Hong Kong Swimmer Siobhan Haughey Wins Historic Olympic Silver Medal
Fresh off Hong Kong fencer Cheung Ka-long's gold medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Hong Kong swimmer and Gen.T honouree Siobhan Haughey swiftly followed with a historic silver medal win at the women's 200m freestyle event—clinching Hong Kong's first-ever medal in swimming.
The city watched in anticipation as the star swimmer made it to the semi-finals on Tuesday, trailing in second place to Australia's Ariarne Titmus. During the finals, Canada's Penny Oleksiak took the lead before the 23-year-old Hong Kong swimmer gained the lead after the first split. She clocked in 1:53.92, a new Asian record and a mere 0.42 seconds behind gold medalist, Titmus.
Haughey, a former University of Michigan standout made her Olympic debut in the Rio 2016 Games where she also managed to make it to the semi-finals. The half-Irish swimming superstar also holds multiple Hong Kong and Asia swimming records. With her win, it marks the first time that the city has bagged more than one medal at the Olympics.
"I hope Cheung Ka-long's and my performances this Olympics can push fellow Hong Kong athletes competing, they can add oil. And also the athletes watching at home in Hong Kong—keep training, because it will be your turn soon," said Haughey in a post-race interview. She also thanked her coaches and parents for their support which allowed her to achieve what she could today.
But it's not the end for Haughey as she cruises back to the pool on Wednesday night in the women's 200m freestyle relay, as part of the Hong Kong team. She also has the 50m freestyle individual event and a medley relay coming up.
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