Siobhan Haughey misses out on podium finish at the world swimming championships finals

The Hong Kong athlete finished fifth, and shaved an entire second off her personal best time in the women’s 200m freestyle in Hungary

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Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey improved her personal best once again – but it wasn’t good enough for a podium finish in the women’s 200m freestyle at the world swimming championships finals in Hungary on Wednesday.

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini took victory over the favourite, the US’s Katie Ledecky, with a time of 1:54:73. Ledecky clocked 1:55:18.

Emma McKeon of Australia and Veronika Popova of Russia placed ahead of 19-year-old Haughey, who clocked an impressive 1:55:96.

Haughey, the first Hongkonger ever to reach an aquatics world championships final, underwent tough training sessions in the US.

Haughey was also the first local swimmer to win gold at a junior championships, with a world-class performance at the Fina World Junior Swimming Championships 2013 in Dubai.

Edited by Andrew McNicol