Given Hong Kong’s location it is hardly surprising swimming is a popular pastime in the city, and success on the world stage has followed in recent years. Double Olympic silver medallist and short course world-record holder Siobhan Haughey is the best of Hong Kong’s athletes in the pool.

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Hongkonger tops women’s classification with seven event wins and is backed to swim faster at July’s long-course World Championships, where she will seek her first medal.

Hongkonger eases to 50 and 200 metres freestyle wins in tour’s second leg in Barcelona, with final leg to come in Monaco before training camp to prepare for World Championships.


Hongkonger clocks world-leading 100m freestyle time in the Mare Nostrum Tour – and the only two occasions she has swum faster were at her breakthrough Olympics in 2021.

There is success for some of the city’s other swimmers in the opening leg of the Mare Nostrum Swim Tour, with Benson Wong seventh in 200m breaststroke final, while Adam Mak wins B final.

Hongkonger posts a time of 24.56 seconds in the final of the 50m freestyle at the Mare Nostrum Swim Tour meet in France, bettering her own record of 24.59 from 2019.

The Hongkonger and her Japanese rival have entered three of the same events in the Tour and could be competing for the same medals at the Games in Hangzhou in September.

Student Cindy Cheung Sum-yuet, 16, finishes first in women’s 200m backstroke in 2:10.35 to make the Paris 2024 A-cut at Hong Kong Long Course Time Trial.

The 16-year-old blows away the competition in 10m synchro platform final at Fina Diving World Cup, winning first international medal since stunning Tokyo Olympics gold.


No spectators allowed as Hong Kong Sports Institute ‘minimise footprints’ to training centre to protect athletes – despite Hangzhou showpiece being five months away.

Hongkonger third in 200m freestyle behind 16-year-old Summer McIntosh and US’ Katie Ledecky, but meets Olympic qualifying standard, then shows her breaststroke prowess.

Group of volunteer swimmers, expatriates and locals, non-profit organisation offers free lessons to disadvantaged children and domestic helpers.


Joseph Schooling, who has been performing his two years of mandatory military service, was mired in a drug controversy last year after he confessed to consuming cannabis overseas.

Hongkonger chasing qualifying times for Paris 2024 but also competitive experience, having not featured in an international long-course meet in 20 months.


Defending her title at the short-course championships, she is narrowly beaten by Olympic champion Emma McKeon of Australia, but posts her best time of the season.

Ng Cheuk-yin targets more records in Melbourne after claiming three at trials, and says Siobhan Haughey’s feats last year show the 16-strong squad what is possible.

World junior bronze medallist Adam Mak is hoping a five month off-season training camp will give him an edge to challenge the Hong Kong and Asian Games long-course record next year.

The 25-year-old completes Fina World Cup ‘triple crown’ in Indianapolis after wins in Berlin and Toronto, and coach Chen Jianhong says it proves ‘Siobhan is back’ after 10-month injury layoff.

After 2 weeks of success at previous stops in Berlin and Toronto, the ‘tired’ 25-year-old struggles to fourth place in the 50m freestyle in Indianapolis.