Tokyo Olympics: Hong Kong a step closer to medal no. 2 as swimmer Siobhan Haughey makes it to the finals

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  • The 23-year-old will compete in the women’s 200m freestyle finals on Wednesday after coming in second place in the semi-finals
  • The city has high hopes for another medal after Cheung Ka-long won gold
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Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey competes in the women's 200m freestyle swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong took a step closer to its second Tokyo Olympics medal as top swimmer Siobhan Haughey made it to the women’s 200m freestyle final.

The 23-year-old clocked a stunning 1:55.16, coming in second place in the semi-finals with 16 swimmers in total. Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, 20, finished first, with 1:54.82.

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After the event, Haughey said that because the final will take place on Wednesday, she decided not to go all-out in the Tuesday semi-final.

“I hope I can break Hong Kong’s record. But I can’t give myself too much stress. I am just going to put up my best performance,” said Haughey.

Hong Kong’s record in women’s 200m freestyle, held by Haughey herself, is 1:54.89.

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Haughey is under a lot of pressure to win another medal at the Tokyo Games after Cheung Ka-long put up a stunning performance and took gold in individual foil for fencing.

Asked if she was confident about winning a medal, she said: “I am not going to think too much. I am going to give it my best and see how it goes in the finals.”

The finals will take place at 9.41am (Hong Kong time) on Wednesday.

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