Nagaland News Watch

Siobhan Haughey Wins Hong Kong’s First-Ever Swimming Gold

<p>On Wednesday, Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong won the gold in the women’s 200m freestyle, earning her first long-course world championship of her career.</p>
<p>Haughey, who won silver in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle events in Tokyo, also helped Hong Kong win its first-ever global gold medal.</p>
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<p>In 1 minute 54.89 seconds, she touched first, ahead of Australia’s Brianna Throssell and Erika Fairweather of New Zealand.</p>
<p>Having won three short-course global golds in her career, Haughey, 26, seized her opportunity when the three Fukuoka world championship medallists from the previous year were absent from the Doha field.</p>
<p>It has great personal significance for me, particularly since I haven’t made it to the podium the last several times. Thus, it is very unique,” she said.</p>
<p>“I think there is a lot to learn from this race, but I wish the time would have been a little better.”</p>
<p>Thanks to Daniel Wiffen’s victory in the men’s 800m freestyle, which he completed in 7:40.94, Ireland also won its first-ever world championship in the pool.</p>
<p>In the absence of the current world champion Leon Marchand, Tomoru Honda of Japan won the gold in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 53.88 seconds.</p>
<p>Like many elite athletes, Frenchman Marchand is concentrating his preparation toward the Olympics in Paris later this year.</p>
<p>With a time of 47.73 seconds, 19-year-old Chinese phenom Pan Zhanle—who previously in these championships smashed the world record for 100 meters freestyle—was the quickest qualifier for Thursday’s event final.</p>
<p>At the European Championships in Rome in August 2022, Romanian David Popovici established the previous mark, which Pan beat by 0.06 seconds on Sunday.</p>
<p>In the 4x100m freestyle relay, Pan established a new record by starting first for the Chinese team. Ji Xinjie, Zhang Zhanshuo, and Wang Haoyu helped his teammates win gold in 3:11.08.</p>