2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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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.
|Haughey – Old Asian Record (2020)||Haughey – New Asian Record (2021)|
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.