Haughey Makes It A World Cup High Inside Hosszu Standard On 1:55.1 200 Free

2023-10-07 Reading Time: 3 minutes
Siobhan Haughey, courtesy of arena
Siobhan Haughey, courtesy of arena

Siobhan Haughey took down Katinka Hosszu‘s World-Cup standard for a 1:55.10 victory in the 200m freestyle on the second of three days of action at the opening round of the World Cup in Berlin this evening.

The first turn was the last time she was not ahead in a race that was in the bag by the final flip, by which time shed built a 1.21sec advantage over closest rival, Erika Fairweather, the growing freestyle force from Kiwi and winner of the 400m in a World Cup record yesterday.

Fairweather fought back down the homecoming length to take second in 1:56.11, with Lani Pallister, second in the 400m in a PB, scoring another top 3 in 1:56.50.

The Berlin Battle:

Berlin Results In Full

Haughey Says Practice Makes More Perfect The Biggest Race Days

Why the tour on the back of silver in the 100m at World titles in July and six medals – two gold, a silver and three bronzes for Hong Kong – at the Asian Games a little over a week ago? Haughey told SOS:

“I really like racing because I think it’s a great way to figure out your race strategies and practice and rehearse it. I think the past two seasons I realized that the more racing I do the better I get and the less nervous I get towards the end of the season at the big meets. So even though it can be tiring sometimes, but if you just treat these events like training, then it like feels a lot better and you don’t really get all the pressure at this level.”

Siobhan Haughey

The World Cup tour is big enough, however, for swimmers to practice awareness of the competitive environment, she agreed.

After the cup series, Haughey, with a fine season of x at worlds and x at Asian Games in the pantheon, will take “a short break” before she and her team, led by coach Tom Rushton, will head to Flagstaff in the U.S. for altitude training. Then there’s the U.S. Open and several other meets to continue race practice.

No Olympic Trials For Haughey But Plenty More Racing Ahead

There are no Olympic trials in Hong Kong so Haughey will head to Doha for the February World titles that will mark the third of four global long-course showcases to be held between 2022 and 2025 as a result of the Covid crunch of contracts and events.

The Hong Kong qualification period for Paris 2024 encompasses several meets at which Haughey can qualify. Her presence in Paris is already a rubber-stamp away but Doha will surely seal the deal three years after she claimed double Olympic silver in the 100 and 200m freestyle in Tokyo.

W400 IM: Grimes Takes The Win In An Unchallenged 4:37

Katie Grimes, of the United States, was in a class of her own on the way to a dominant win in 4mins 37.20. You can be almost sure that’s an in-training, tour test of a swim. A podium and title contender for Paris 2014, Grimes claimed silver at the 2022 and 2023 World Championships adrift Canadian multi-talent Summer McIntosh, who also claimed the 200m butterfly world crown and the world 400m freestyle world record this year.

M50 Back: Andrew Keeps Cooper At Bay

Michael Andrew, of the USA, continued to pile up the dash points, a 24.47 just 0.07sec shy of the World Cup record from 2019 keeping Australian Isaac Cooper, winner of the 50 freestyle yesterday, at bay by 0.12sec.

The Berlin Battle:

M1500 Free: Clark The Sole Sub-15-Minute Man

Talk of race practice is not entirely refund aunt for the 1500m crew but it is a term more relative than what relative means for the sprinters testing aspects of performance that are not in keen focus when you’re honing the things that make a difference come the drop of taper for a 30-length, asa opposed to a one length, battle.

The Berlin Battle:

More action from day 2: World Cup Records For Sjostrom, McKeown & Qin, Candidates For Swimmer Of The Year

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