Siobhan Haughey Clocks 52.17 Asian Record In 100 Free


Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey collected her second gold medal of the 2023 Asian Games in style, firing off a new Asian Record en route to topping the women’s 100m freestyle podium.

After already reaping gold last night in the 200m free, 25-year-old Haughey busted out a time of 52.17 to grab gold in the 100m free by nearly one second.

Opening in 25.16 and closing in 27.01, the former University of Michigan Wolverine got to the wall handily ahead of runners-up Yang Junxuan and Cheng Yujie of China. Yang touched in 53.11 while Cheng hit 53.91 as the only other competitors to dip under the 54-second threshold.

Haughey held the previous Asian Record with the 52.27 she put on the books at the 2020 Olympic Games. There in Tokyo, that effort was good enough to render her the silver medalist behind Olympic champion Emma McKeon who clocked 51.96 for the gold.

At this year’s World Championships, Haughey snagged silver in a time of 52.49 while her result this evening would have fallen just .01 shy off of gold medalist Mollie O’Callaghan of Australia’s winning effort of 52.16.

As mentioned, Haughey already took the 200m free event earlier in this competition, putting up a result of 1:54.12, a new Games Record, last night. That was after she produced one of the fastest splits of all time – 51.92 – on Hong Kong’s women’s 4x100m free relay which took bronze.

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2 months ago

She is HER! Ms. Consistently getting better too!

2 months ago

Phenomenal swim but not really an outlier. Her 52.27 from Tokyo signalled that this range of times was “in play”. Furthermore, both 2022 SC and this year’s LC Worlds have confirmed that she still remains one of the peak contenders in this event.

Fukuoka Gold
2 months ago

Such a shame she has been peaking when Aussie girls are peaking.

2 months ago

This event is going to be ridiculous in Paris.

Mollie 52.0, Siobhan 52.1, Shayna and Sarah 52.2. McKeon definitely in the conversation if she can get near her best.

Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

You cant have 3 aussies lol

Hooked on Chlorine
Reply to  Danny
2 months ago

Yes you can. All you have to do is widen the pool to fit more lanes in.

Reply to  Danny
2 months ago

Lol I know. But at this stage all 3 of them are in the conversation for gold, just depends who qualifies. Emma’s PB is second fastest all time and could quite possibly be enough to win gold again. However, Mollie’s PB she just set is only .12 off and she’s young and on the rise still. Shayna only swam one 100 free at worlds which gave her a 52.28, and her best split was a 51.53 which is arguably equivalent to a 52.03.

I don’t think you can rule any of those 3 out until one of them fails to qualify.

2 months ago

Where is she training these days?

Reply to  Billy
2 months ago

With Tom Rushton in Israel.

Reply to  Billy
2 months ago

I was literally just trying to figure this out yesterday. Recently some in Israel / wherever Tom Rushton takes his pro group (seems like they do short training stretches all over the world), along with some training at the olympic development center and coaches in Singapore with workouts sent from Rick Bishop. Not sure if that will stay the same going into the olympic year? I would love a deep dive on how she’s piecing it together!!

CC whoever books the SwimSwam podcast for a Siobhan epi <3 <3 <3

2 months ago

Jeeze, might end up taking like 52.1 to get bronze in Paris.

2 months ago

Siobhan delivering in these Games!!

2 months ago

As a hongkonger, I am so proud!!! 🌟

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