Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey improved her personal best once again – but it wasn’t good enough for a podium finish in the women’s 200m freestyle at the world swimming championships finals in Hungary on Wednesday.
Italy’s Federica Pellegrini took victory over the favourite, the US’s Katie Ledecky, with a time of 1:54:73. Ledecky clocked 1:55:18.
Emma McKeon of Australia and Veronika Popova of Russia placed ahead of 19-year-old Haughey, who clocked an impressive 1:55:96.
Haughey, the first Hongkonger ever to reach an aquatics world championships final, underwent tough training sessions in the US.
Haughey was also the first local swimmer to win gold at a junior championships, with a world-class performance at the Fina World Junior Swimming Championships 2013 in Dubai.