Fresh off Hong Kong fencer Cheung Ka-long's gold medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Hong Kong swimmer and Gen.T honouree Siobhan Haughey swiftly followed with a historic silver medal win at the women's 200m freestyle event—clinching the city's first-ever medal in swimming.
The city watched in anticipation as the star swimmer made it to the semi-finals on Tuesday, trailing in second place to Australia's Ariarne Titmus. During the finals, Canada's Penny Oleksiak took the lead before the 23-year-old Hong Kong swimmer gained the lead after the first split. She clocked in 1:53.92, a new Asian record and a mere 0.42 seconds behind gold medalist, Titmus.
Haughey—a University of Michigan standout—made her Olympic debut in the Rio 2016 Games where she also managed to make it to the semi-finals. The swimming superstar also holds multiple Hong Kong and Asia swimming records. With her win, it marks the first time that the city has bagged more than one medal at the Olympics.