Record-breaking Siobhan Haughey is first Hong Kong swimmer to reach World Championships final
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Record-breaking Siobhan Haughey is first Hong Kong swimmer to reach World Championships final

SIOBHAN Haughey broke her own national record twice in a day as she became the first Hong Kong swimmer to reach a World Championships final.

The 19-year-old, who had set a new Hong Kong record for the 200m freestyle in Rio last summer, smashed it twice in the space of a few hours in Budapest.

The teenager initially qualified for the semi-finals in a time of 1 minute 56.62 seconds, knocking almost 0.3 seconds off the 1:56.91 she recorded in Rio.

The University of Michigan swimmer was the fifth fastest in the heats, and then shaved a further 0.41 seconds off her national record in the semi-final.

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Her time of 1:56.21 saw her qualify for the final as the sixth fastest swimmer, although she will have her work cut out in Wednesday’s final.

The fastest qualifier was American superstar Katie Ledecky, who on Tuesday became the first women to win 12 World Championship gold medals.

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Haughey will also be up against Australian Emma McKeon, who was second fastest in qualifying, and Veronika Popova, who broke the Russian record as she qualified in third. World record holder Federica Pellegrini has also reached the final.

Haughey’s performance in Hungary saw her improve on her showing at the last World Championships, in Kazan, Russia, where she reached the semi-final of the 200m individual medley but missed out on the final.