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Siobhan Haughey

Hong Kong swim star Siobhan Haughey breaks own record as she warms up for World Championships

Olympian takes two runners-up places at Arena Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 June, 2017, 2:09pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 July, 2017, 4:28pm

Hong Kong Olympic swim star Siobhan Haughey warmed up for the World Championships as she broke yet another local record at the Arena Pro Swim Series in the US.

Nineteen-year-old Haughey, who became Hong Kong’s first swimmer to reach an Olympic semi-final in Rio last summer, in the 200m freestyle, beat her own Hong Kong 200m individual medley record in Santa Clara.

Her time of two minutes, 12.10 seconds was not enough to win the event – she finished just behind winner Madisyn Cox (2:11.56), but knocked nearly a second off her own previous mark of 2:13.07.

Haughey, a three-time all-American star of the University of Michigan’s swim team, owns the Hong Kong records in 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 400m individual medley, as well as the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays.

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She was also second in the 200m freestyle at the event in 1:58.14, behind five-time Olympic gold medallist Katie Ledecky, with the fastest time of the year (1:55.34).

Haughey will hope to contend for a medal at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest next month, and will decide soon whether to take part in the World University Games in Taipei in August.