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Siobhan Haughey

Sore Siobhan Haughey into the 200m freestyle semi-final at Taiwan Universiade despite underwhelming showing

Hong Kong swimmer says she needs rest after completing her fifth race of the championships

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 August, 2017, 1:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 August, 2017, 1:26pm

Siobhan Haughey cruised into the women’s 200 metre freestyle semi-finals as Hong Kong’s star swimmer challenged for her second gold medal at the World University Games in Taipei.

At the National Taiwan Sport University arena, the 19-year-old encountered few problems in winning her heat this morning with a time of two minutes and 0.61 seconds, beating rival Arina Openysheva of Russia into second place. The Russian, who finished in 2:00.98, was a member of the team that won the 4x200 metre freestyle relay on Wednesday.

Well rested and determined, Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey aims for second gold medal at World University Games

Although Haughey’s time was hardly impressive compared to her recent performance at the World Championships, it still earned her an eighth overall place in the heats to move on to the next round in the evening.

Katherine Drabot of the United States topped the rankings with 1:59.37 while her teammate Claire Rasmus is second in 1:59.93, the only two swimmers that came in under two minutes.

The final will take place on Friday.

The University of Michigan psychology student has already completed five races since Sunday and Haughey said she could feel her legs becoming sore but could overcome it with some rest.

She came fifth of the same event at the World Championships in Budapest last month, becoming the first swimmer from Hong Kong to reach a Worlds final with a time of 1:55.96, which is also a new Hong Kong record.

She said after her heat she would need to swim a bit faster in the evening in order to advance to the final, but would not think too much the time.