According to the official start lists for the Tokyo 202 Olympics, Hong Kong will send a total of 7 swimmers to the Olympic Games with Siobhan Haughey and Ian Ho representing the only entrants in individual events.
Tokyo 2020 Hong Kong Swimming Roster
- Siobhan Haughey – Women’s 50/100/200 freestyle
- Stephanie Au – Women’s 100 backstroke
- Ian Ho – Men’s 50/100 freestyle
- Jamie Zhen Mei Yeung – Women’s 100 breaststroke (relay only)
- Camille Cheng – Women’s 100/200 freestyle (relay only)
- Nam Wai Ho – Women’s 100/200 freestyle (relay only)
- Hoi Lam Tam – Women’s 100 freestyle (relay only)
Siobhan Haughey will be Hong Kong’s headliner at the Olympics and is entered to race the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle triple. Haughey has undergone solid improvement over the past few seasons and recently went on a record-breaking tear between April and June, lowering the 50, 100, 200, and 400 freestyle Hong Kong records. She hit a 24.59 in the 50 free, a 52.92 in the 100, and a 1:54.89 in the 200, along with a 4:10.87 in the 400 which she won’t swim in Tokyo. While she will need to get down to the 24-low range to contend for a medal in the 50, those 100 and 200 times will be very competitive in the field at the Games.
Haughey has improved greatly from her last Olympic appearance in 2016 when she raced the 200 freestyle, hitting a 1:57.91 for 13th overall. She raced the event again at the 2017 World Championships and hit a 1:55.96 for 5th place and also finished 14th in the 100 free with a 54.05. At the 2019 World Championships, Haughey raced the 100 and 200 free again, placing 10th in the former with a 53.45 and 4th in the latter in a 1:54.98.
While she hasn’t yet collected any World Championship or Olympic medals, Haughey has collected a number of medals at the Asian Games, East Asian Games, Youth Olympics, and World University Games.
Stephanie Au will be racing at the Olympics for Hong Kong as well and is set to race the women’s 100 backstroke. Au is entered with a 1:00.22 in the event which is just under the 1:00.25 FINA A qualification mark in the event. That swim for Au is the current Hong Kong record in the event which she set at the 2019 World Cup in Singapore. She swam the event for Hong Kong in 2019 at the World Championships and was a bit slower, hitting a 1:01.25 for 24th overall.
The only other entrant in non-relay events for Hong Kong this summer in Hong Kong record holder Ian Ho. Ho recently posted a 21.97 at the Hong Kong LC Time Trial in June 2021 which got him under the 22.01 FINA A cut. Ho raced at the 2019 World Championships for Hong Kong and placed 38th in the 50 freestyle and 51st in the 100 with a 22.59 and 50.38, respectively. Along with the 100 freestyle, Ho has entered to swim the 100 freestyle in Tokyo with a 49.97.
Joining Haughey, Au, and Ho in Tokyo will be Jamie Zhen Mei Yeung, Camille Cheng, Nam Wai Ho, and Hoi Lam Tam who will all fill out the women’s relay rosters. Hong Kong qualified to race all 3 women’s relays in Tokyo courtesy of their 10th place finish in the 4×100 free and their 11th place in the 4×200 at 2019 Worlds and their 4:01.77 4×100 medley swim that got them a wildcard spot in the event.
Hong Kong sent 5 swimmers for individual events to Rio 2016 which is more than this year’s 3 but will be sending more swimmers overall this year considering that they qualified 3 relays compared to 2016 when they only qualified the women’s 4×100 medley. Hong Kong has collected a total of 3 Olympic medals in history, none of which were in the sport of swimming.