Haughey shatters world record at FINA short-course Worlds

Source: Xinhua| 2021-12-17 09:47:49|Editor: huaxia

ABU DHABI, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong, China broke the women's 200m freestyle world record as the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) opened in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Haughey, 24, has been in great form this season, setting the six best times over the distance this year. She finally claimed her first world title in the short-course World Championships with the fastest ever result of one minute and 50.31 seconds.

"I knew I was close to the world record, I got close recently a few times and everyone around me kept telling me I could do it," said Haughey who sliced 0.12 seconds off of Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom's previous record set in 2017.

"I just tried not to think about that as all I wanted to do is really focus on my race plan; how I was going to swim well," added the Olympic silver medalist.

Canada's Rebecca Smith was 1.93 seconds behind Haughey in second, while Paige Madden from the United States took the bronze medal in 1:53.01.

In the men's 200m individual medley final, Japan's Daiya Seto won the race in 1:51.15, meaning the 27-year-old has taken one gold from each edition of the short-course World Championships.

China's defending champion Wang Shun finished fifth in 1:53.41. The top four swimmers all touched the wall within 1:52.00.

Elsewhere, Alberto Razzetti of Italy not only won the men's 200m butterfly, but also took bronze in the 200m individual medley. Enditem

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