Swimmer Siobhan Haughey won the women’s 100-meter free style swimming event at the XXIX Summer Universiade in Taipei on Tuesday night, grabbing Hong Kong’s first gold at the World Student Games, Apple Daily reports.
Haughey, 19, is only the second Hong Kong athlete to clinch gold at the international games after swimmer Hannah Wilson won two gold medals at the 2009 World Student Games in Belgrade.
Haughey, who finished the race in 54.1” ahead of Russian swimmers Marlia Kameneva and Arina Openysheva, was scheduled to compete in the 200-meter freestyle event on Wednesday.
She will be pocketing a cash prize of HK$500,000 from the Hong Kong Jockey Club for her achievement. However, under the regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Haughey can only claim her prize upon graduation.
According to Haughey, she has decided to represent Hong Kong in the games and turned down the invitation from Ireland.
Haughey, who was born in Hong Kong in 1997 to an Irish father, Darach, and a Hong Kong mother, Canjo, will begin her third year of studies at the University of Michigan in September.
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