Siobhan Haughey continued her winning streak after claiming her second gold medal in the Mare Nostrum Series in Monaco and set two more Hong Kong records on Sunday.
After clinching the 200m freestyle gold with one of the best times of the year on Saturday, Haughey followed up with another impressive win in the 100m freestyle, the event in which she was crowned the world junior champion in Dubai six years ago.
The University of Michigan graduate blew away the field in a time of 53.32 seconds as second-placed Natalie Hinds of the United States and Czech Republic’s Barbora Seemanova both turned in a 54.68 to share the silver. Another Hong Kong swimmer, Camille Cheng Lily-mei came eighth in 55.89.
The result also improved on the 21-year-old’s own Hong Kong record of 53.59 which she set at Fo Tan’s Sports Institute in April to achieve the 2020 Olympic qualifying standard. So far she is the only Hong Kong swimmer to have achieved it.
Before the 100m freestyle final, Haughey also featured in the 50m free semi-finals in which she clocked 24.87, improving on her 25.21 record from day one and advancing into the head-to-head final against Maria Kameneva of Russia.
She closed the competition out with a third record-setting effort in the final, going .02 seconds better than the semis in 24.85. Kameneva won in 24.51.
Hong Kong won another medal on the final day of competition when backstroker Stephanie Au Hoi-shun claimed a bronze medal in the 100m. The Hong Kong record-holder of the event finished in 1:00.93, behind Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Kameneva who clocked 1:00.22 and 1:00.41 respectively.
Au, who set a Hong Kong record in the 50m backstroke on day one, did not start in the final to preserve her energy for the longer distance in an attempt to challenge the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:00.25, but fell short.