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Another sparkling splash for Haughey

Another sparkling splash for Haughey

Hong Kong's "flying fish," Siobhan Haughey snatched another gold medal at the final stop in the Mare Nostrum Swim Tour in Monaco.
She finished first at 1:55:03 in the 200m freestyle, setting a record. The previous meet record of 1:55.21 was set by French Camille Muffat 11 years ago.

Canadians Mary-Sophie Harvey (1:57.75) and Brooklyn Douthwright (1:58.58) took silver and bronze.

The 25-year-old Haughey moved to third from sixth on the 2023 world rankings, trailing Canada's Summer McIntosh and American Katie Ledecky.

It was the fourth-swiftest time in the event for Haughey, whose Asian record was 1:53.92 in 2021.

She bagged six medals - five golds and one silver - in the first two legs on the Mare Nostrum Tour in France and Barcelona last week. She is participating in the 100m and 400m freestyle races to be held at midnight, Hong Kong time, today.

Haughey has already secured her place in the 50m, 100m, 200m, and 400m freestyle at the Paris Olympics next year.

The Fukuoka World Aquatics event in July and the Hangzhou Asian Games in September are on her agenda for this year.

Hong Kong record holder Adam Chillingworth snatched a bronze in the men's 200m breaststroke at 2:12.72, behind Japan's Ippei Watanabe and Lithuania's Andrius Sidlauskas.

Ian Ho Yentou of Hong Kong made it into the men's 50m freestyle final at 21.96 seconds.

Separately, Hong Kong epee fencer Vivian Kong Man-wai was defeated by Song Se Ra of South Korea at the World Cup, 14-13.

At the Hong Kong Student Sports Awards yesterday, Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, said authorities put aside HK$7.4 billion toward local sports development.

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