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Swimmer Siobhan Haughey won Hong Kong’s first-ever Olympic medal after coming second in the women’s 200m freestyle final this morning. The 23-year-old finished with a time of 1:53.92, which was 0.42 seconds behind Australian Ariarne Titmus. The Michigan Swimming and Diving Twitter account from the University of Michigan, where Ms Haughey attended, were quick to praise her for the medal and setting a new Asian record.
Their post said: “Smile Siobhan!
“You just set an Asian record AND got your country its first swimming medial!
“Olympic silver medalist has a nice ring to it.”
However, a Twitter user named Gerry Doyle made a swipe at China’s national security law following the win.
Swimmer Siobhan Haughey won Hong Kong’s first-ever Olympic medal (Image: GETTY)
He wrote: “Frame this tweet before it is inevitably deleted after loud noises of outrage from China’s foreign ministry.
“That feeling when the University of Michigan violates the national security law.”
Another person added: “Also worth noting that the swimmer from China came 4th. So Hong Kong beat China.”
And a third wrote: “If the Chinese Communist sees this, they’ll throw a tantrum.”
The 23-year-old finished with a time of 1:53.92 (Image: GETTY)
It comes after Beijing passed the national security law in June last year.
This means trials can be held in secret and without a jury and judges can also be chosen by Hong Kong’s chief executive, who is answerable directly to Beijing.
Since it was brought in, more than 100 people, including protesters, pro-democracy politicians and journalists, have been arrested.
Hong Kong, which is a former British colony, was given back to China in 1997 but under the “one country, two systems” principle.
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This was supposed to ensure there were certain freedoms for the territory, including freedom of assembly and speech, an independent judiciary and some democratic rights – which mainland China does not have.
These freedoms were included in Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, which was meant to last until 2047.
Meanwhile, Ms Haughey shared her delight at winning a medal today.
She said: “I’m really happy and really excited.
China has also seen some success as Chinese shooter Yang Qian won the first gold (Image: EXPRESS)
“I worked hard for this for the last five years – I made the semi-finals five years ago [at the Rio 2016 Games].
“I knew I wanted to make the final at this meet and I feel like I always was so close to making the podium.
“To now finally be able to win a medal means so much.”
Ms Haughey’s silver medal has made this Hong Kong’s most successful Games ever.
Beijing passed the national security law in June last year (Image: GETTY)
She said she will also swim in the 50m and 100m freestyle competitions later today.
Meanwhile, China has also seen some success as Chinese shooter Yang Qian won the first gold of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.
Ms Yang claimed gold with an Olympic record score of 251.8, beating Russian Anastasiia Galashina on 251.1 and Switzerland’s Nina Christen on 230.6.