Haughey finishes in seventh heaven

Hong Kong’s “flying fish” Siobhan Haughey has rounded out a three-leg series with a 100m freestyle win on Saturday with seven gold medals and a bronze, claiming two “Triple Crown” titles for completing two clean sweeps in the 100m and 200m freestyle events in all three legs of the tournament in Berlin, Toronto and Indianapolis.

That came as she triumphed in the 2022 FINA World Cup women’s 100m freestyle on Saturday with a 51-second winning time in Indianapolis on Saturday that broke the US Open record.

That saw her finish ahead of Australia’s Madison Wilson, who took silver in 51.54 seconds, and shaving 0.37 seconds off Australian Cate Campbell’s 2017 US Open record.

Though her winning time for the 100m freestyle was short of her best time and the Asian record of 50.79 seconds, it was her best for the season, compared to her 51.59 win in Berlin, and 51.33 in Toronto.

“It’s not easy, but I met so many new friends. And it’s a great racing opportunity, so I want to do it again next year,” Haughey said.

That came after the 25-year-old swimmer’s 200m freestyle win, also on Saturday, where she maintained her lead throughout ahead of home favorite seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky.

Her win came as Chu Man-kai took gold at the Para Badminton World Championships 2022 in Tokyo on Saturday, beating England’s Jack Shephard to become Hong Kong’s first gold medalist in the competition.