Swimming star Siobhan Haughey easily advanced to the finals of the 100m freestyle event at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday – smashing her own Asian record set just the day before in yet another superb performance that will raise hopes for an unprecedented second swimming medal for Hong Kong.
Coming off her second-place success in the 200m freestyle on Wednesday, Haughey started in lane four of her semifinal race.
She struggled to separate herself from the rest of the pack at first, but gradually gained an advantage.
Cate Campbell of Australia kept the pressure up, but Haughey would not be denied, and touched first well ahead of her rivals.
Her time of 52.4 was significantly faster than her previous personal best of 52.7 – a new Asian record that she set during her qualifying heat on Wednesday.
Haughey’s ominous form will have raised expectations of another medal for the 23-year-old, but she faces extremely tough competition – especially in Australia’s Emma McKeon, who qualified fastest with a time of 52.32 in the other semifinal.
The final takes place at 9:59 on Friday morning Hong Kong time.