Siobhan Haughey caps East Asian Games debut with 7th swim medal

Teenager adds silver and bronze on last day, pipping Hannah Wilson's tally from 2009

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 October, 2013, 10:57pm

Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey capped a successful debut at the East Asian Games by winning her seventh medal in the swimming pool at Tianjin on Monday.

Haughey, who turns 16 later this month, added a silver and a bronze medal to her tally on the final day of the swimming competition at the Olympic Centre, surpassing Hannah Wilson's two silver and four bronze medals won at the Games in Hong Kong four years ago. Haughey had earlier won a silver and four bronze medals as Hong Kong swimmers racked up 10 medals in all - three silver and seven bronze.

"This is the first time I have represented Hong Kong at a multi-sport event and I never expected such a result," Haughey said. "The results have really surpassed all my expectations."

I never expected such a result. The results have really surpassed all my expectations
Siobhan Haughey

Haughey, who won the 100-metre freestyle at the world junior championships in Dubai last month, claimed silver in the 50-metre freestyle yesterday and a bronze in the 4x100-metre medley relay. But she missed the podium with a fourth-place finish in the 400-metre individual medley.

"Competing in three events in a night is really tough and although there was a 40-minute break between each event, I was very tired. But it's been a great challenge and now I must learn from this experience."

Her next target will be the Youth Olympics in Nanjing next summer and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

In cycling, a minor mistake cost Sarah Lee Wai-sze the gold medal and she was forced to settle for silver in the women's 500-metre time trial. The Asian record holder finished the two-lap sprint in a disappointing 34.540 seconds, more than half a second off her personal best set in Australia this summer.

A lapse of concentration at the start saw Lee's bike hit a sponge, which coach Shen Jinkang said cost his rider about 0.3 seconds.

Zhong Tianshi of China, one of Lee's major potential rivals at the 2014 Asian Games - and possibly the 2016 Rio Olympic Games also - snatched the gold in 34.224 seconds.

Shen said the result was one of Lee's worst at an international event. "She hit the sponge, which upset her rhythm," he said.

Lee said she was surprised by the result. "It was quite windy at the venue, which may have affected my performance," said Lee, who will compete in the semi-finals of the sprint today. "I did clock under 34 seconds during training, so I'm disappointed with this result. Still, I hope to make up for it in the sprint."

Cheung King-wai won a bronze medal in the men's 4,000-metre pursuit, beating teammate Leung Chun-wing in the race for third place.

Meanwhile, the men's soccer team were thrashed 6-0 by South Korea, costing them the chance of winning a bronze medal. "It has been a big test for the boys as they had to play four matches in eight days," coach Liu Chun-fai said. "But hopefully, they will take on board the lessons they have learned here. Their opponents were better in every department - controlling the tempo, the speed. They were also much more skilful than us."

Hong Kong, who were the defending champions, managed only two draws in the five-team tournament.

In karate, Hong Kong bagged two more silver medals through Lee Ka-wai and Ma Man-sum in the men's under-75kg and women's under-55kg respectively.