Hong Kong’s double Olympic silver medallist Siobhan Haughey has been named the best female swimmer at the short course World Championships in Abu Dhabi. The 24-year-old was awarded the title by governing body Fina at the end of the five-day extravaganza on Tuesday, after breaking the world record in the 200-metre freestyle, and collecting two gold medals and one bronze. Her time of one minute and 50.31 seconds in the freestyle final was more than one tenth of a second faster than the previous best set by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, who claimed the 50m free title at the meet. Haughey also became the first swimmer to win gold in both the 200m and 100m freestyle events at the Worlds, beating the Swede into second place in the 100m final with a new championship record of 50.98. Haughey’s third medal came in the 400m freestyle when she finished third in 3:58.12, easily becoming the most successful Hong Kong swimmer in the event’s history. The previous best was a fifth-place finish claimed by Kenneth To King-him in the men’s 100m individual medley at the 2018 meet in Hangzhou. Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey shatters 200m freestyle world record, wins gold The award for best male swimmer went to Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia who won a pair of gold medals in the 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley, and a trio of relay medals. Haughey also topped the prize money table among the 283 swimmers from 44 countries at the meet with Fina handing out just over US$3 million to the medallists. She received US$50,000 for breaking the world record and a total US$91,250 for her results. Maggie MacNeil of Canada, who broke the women’s 50m backstroke world record and won four golds and one silver medal, came second in the table with US$89,250. The 21-year-old was born in Jiujiang, China in 2000 before she was adopted by her Canadian family a year later. Haughey’s world record ‘great inspiration’ for Hong Kong: coach Florian Wellbrock of Germany, who put on a clinic in the men’s 1,500m freestyle final during the last session of the meet by setting a world record of 14:06.88, earned US$65,000. Sjostrom came fourth with earnings of US$60,250. Haughey will be taking a break after the Worlds and will not return with the team to Hong Kong until February. She will then prepare for her next major event, the Fina World Championships (long course) in Fukuoka, Japan in May. The event has been pushed back a year following the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Haughey’s previous best at the long course Worlds was a fourth-place finish at the 2019 meet in Gwangju, South Korea.