Hong Kong's swimming queen Siobhan Haughey sealed the SAR's second medal of the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday morning, racing to silver in the women's 200 metre freestyle final.
It's a remarkable achievement for Haughey, who is the first Hongkonger ever to reach an Olympic swimming final. Five days in, Haughey's medal and fencer Cheung Ka-long's men's individual foil gold means Tokyo is already Hong Kong's most successful Olympics ever.
Haughey led for much of the race but lost at the finish to Australian 400m free gold medalist Ariarne Titmus. Her time of 1:53.92 was barely half a second behind the leader.
The Hong Kong representative got off to a fine start, gaining the lead shortly after the first split and holding on to it for most of the way.
However, Titmus exploded in the final stretch, taking over from the Hong Kong swimmer to edge her to the gold medal.
Canada's Penny Oleksiak came in third. American defending champion Katie Ledecky came in fifth, just behind Yang Junxuan of China.
Haughey said she was very happy with her performance, finally landing a medal after having finished 4th in the world championships in 2019.
"I hope Cheung Ka-long's and my performances this Olympics can push fellow Hong Kong athletes competing, they can add oil. And also the athletes watching at home in Hong Kong. Keep training, because it will be your turn soon," Haughey said in a post-race interview.
She also thanked her coaches and parents for their support, saying she wouldn't be able to achieve what she could today without them.
The 23-year-old Haughey will be back in action on Wednesday night in the 100m heats and as part of the Hong Kong team in the women's 200m freestyle relay. She's also got the 50m freestyle individual event to come, as well as the medley relay.
Under the Henderson Land Commendation Scheme for Elite Athletes, she will receive an award of HK$2.5 million.
Last updated: 2021-28-07 HKT 10:07
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