Tokyo Olympics: Siobhan Haughey wins a second silver medal; badminton duo loses bid for bronze

  • The star swimmer came in second in the 100m freestyle and became the first athlete from Hong Kong to win two Olympic medals
  • Mixed doubles duo Tang Chun-man and Tse Yig-suet called their first Games ‘a memorable experience’ after they lost to Japan
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Siobhan Haughey won her second silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics today. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong’s star swimmer Siobhan Haughey once again proved her prowess to the world on Friday when she won her second silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 23-year-old clocked 52.27 in the 100m freestyle, breaking the Asian record she set just the day before. Australia’s Emma McKeon took gold, finishing in 51.96, smashing the Olympic record. Bronze went to Australia’s Cate Campbell, who clocked 52.52.

Siobhan’s journey to the Olympics

“I am really happy! Before I went out there, I didn’t have too many expectations, nor did I feel any pressure. That’s because I had already swam my best time in the semi-final, reaching my target. I just wanted to enjoy this 100m swim,” an excited Haughey said after the race.

“I knew that if I got nervous, I wouldn’t be able to perform well. I tried my best to stay calm. In a race, 80 per cent is about your mental state, and 20 per cent is about how much you’ve trained.”

She still has one more race: the 50m freestyle. But she said she’ll take part “for fun”- she didn’t plan to do it but somehow qualified.

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Haughey already won a silver medal in 200m freestyle earlier in the week - today’s win makes her the first Hong Kong athlete to ever win two medals.

On Monday, fencer Edgar Cheung Ka-long clinched gold in individual foil.

Shortly after Haughey’s win, Hong Kong’s mixed doubles badminton duo, Tang Chun-man and Tse Yig-suet, lost their bid for a bronze medal to Japan’s Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashuno.

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The pair lost the first game 17:21, but were able to get back on their feet for the second game, winning 10:17. Eventually, the pair lost 21:23.

“They were really fast, but our pace was right. We did quite well today,” Tang, 26, said after the match. “It was my first time taking part in the Olympics and it has been a memorable experience.”

Tse, 29, struggled to hold back tears after the match, saying she had tried her best.

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