Siobhan Haughey Wins Hong Kong’s First-Ever Olympic Swimming Medal in 200 Free


Siobhan Haughey won Hong Kong’s first-ever Olympic medal in swimming Wednesday morning at the Tokyo Olympic Games, touching the wall 2nd in 1:53.92 behind victor Ariarne Titmus of Australia who won gold in 1:53.50.

Haughey’s time of 1:53.92 is also a new Hong Kong National Record as well as a new Asian Continental Record, lowering her previous mark of 1:54.44 set in August 2020.

Comparative Splits

Haughey – Old Asian Record (2020) Haughey – New Asian Record (2021)
26.35 26.77
28.86 28.33
29.65 29.08
29.58 29.74
1:54.44 1:53.92

Since Hong Kong’s debut on the Olympic stage in 1952, the nation has only won 6 Olympic medals including Haughey’s silver medal Wednesday.

Haughey’s appearance in the final would have been historic without a medal as it also marked the first time any swimmer from Hong Kong had appeared in an Olympic swimming final.

In addition to her silver medal, Haughey will take home $322,000 in prize money awarded to her by Hong Kong’s National Olympic Committee. While nearly 10 times more than American athletes are paid for winning a gold medal ($37,500), it is nonetheless a lower payout than Indonesia ($378,000) and Singapore ($372,000) pay their Olympic silver medalists.

Haughey, who trains the University of Michigan, lead a two-month long assault on Hong Kong and Asian Records during the second season of the International Swimming League in the fall of 2020 in Budapest, and also became the 2nd-fastest all-time in the 200 SCM freestyle in November.

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Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

She was simply beaming. So glad for her amazing swim. Congratulation! Is it true now she is only the 4th woman in history under 1:54?

Last edited 2 years ago by Coach Mike 1952
Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

5th overall, but 4th in textile. the last 4 olympic champs in this event, plus haughey, went under 1:54, but pellegrini only did it in 2009

Last edited 2 years ago by Old Man Chalmers
2 years ago

She made it a closer race than I expected. Does anyone know why Hong Kong is represented at the Olympics when it is now officially part of the People’s Republic of China?

2 years ago

So happy for Haughey! She’s gonna one to watch in the 100 as well

Suny Cal
2 years ago

What a nice payout she gets from her country!!!

Reply to  Suny Cal
2 years ago

It will end up much much more than this amount. It is just a prize sponsored by a company! She will get more from other companies!

Dan Gains
2 years ago

She is amazing!

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