Published: 11:52, July 29, 2023 | Updated: 12:08, July 29, 2023
World Championships: Haughey takes silver in 100m freestyle final
By Wang Zhan

Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey (right) reacts finishing second as USA's Abbey Weitzeil looks on after competing in the final of the women's 100m freestyle swimming event during the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka on July 28, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s swimming star Siobhan Haughey has claimed her first-ever medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Coming in behind Australia's Mollie O'Callaghan, Haughey won silver in the women’s 100-meter freestyle final clocking a time of 52.49 seconds.

O'Callaghan touched home in 52.16 seconds while Netherland’s Marrit Steenbergen came in third clocking a time of 52.71 seconds.

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In this screenshot taken from Siobhan Haughey’s Instagram account, the star swimmer poses with the silver medal.

"My first long course world champs medal ... Really grateful for those who helped me refocus after my 200 free," the 25-year-old wrote on her Instagram account posting four photos.

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"Fun fact: exactly two years ago today I won my first silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics! Japan seems to be my land of silver," she added.

(Left to right) Silver medalist Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey, gold medalist Australia's Mollie O'Callaghan and bronze medalist Netherlands' Marrit Steenbergen pose during the medals ceremony for the women's 100m freestyle swimming event during the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka on July 28, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

Congratulating her on winning the silver medal, acting Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Raistlin Lau said in a statement the swimmer performed at her best and demonstrated superb skills in the competition, earning a silver medal for Hong Kong.

“I am so glad and very proud of her great performance and wish her success in upcoming events,” he added.