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Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won silver in the 50 metre breaststroke on the final day of competition of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup event in Tokyo. Atkinson, who holds all the breaststroke records for Jamaica clocked 30.79 behind American Molly Hannis who took Gold in 30.63.
Hannis stopped the Atkinson’s four race winning streak after the Jamaican had recorded victories in victories in France, Hong Kong ,China and Singapore .The winning time by Hannis is the second fastest time of the tour just behind fellow American’s Breeja Larson 30.56 from the Moscow leg . That time just edges out Atkinson’s 30.65 winning time in Beijing.
Hannis actually took the breaststroke sprint double as she won the 100 metre breaststroke on Wednesday in 1:07.71.
Atkinson just missed qualifying for the final after posting 1:08.86 to finish tenth overall. The quality of this World Cup leg has been boosted by top talent of Japan who has competed at the stop as well the presence of a strong American delegation that includes Olympians Natalie Coughlin and Anthony Ervin. Prior to this leg in the Japanese capital the fastest time needed to qualify for the 100 metre breaststroke final was 1:10.42 in Russia.
The tour continues to be a good testing ground as Alia becomes battle hardened for the ultimate goal which is a medal for Jamaica and the Caribbean at the Rio Games in 2016
National team member Masai Zebe-Chaka kicked off his 2015 -2016 campaign with a win over the weekend at the ASA Masters Championships in Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Zebe-Chaka clocked a personal best of 25.35 in the 50 metre butterfly. He just the missed the short course ( 25metre record) of 25.28 set by fellow national squad representative Nico Campbell set at the 2014 World short Course Championships.
The speedster from the Plymouth Leander Swim club also secured more medals in the 50 metre backstroke where he clocked 28.45 to win the silver medal. He won another silver medal, this time in the 50 metre freestyle where he stopped the clock in 24.00.
Masai had the following thoughts about his performances “Not a bad start to the season… feeling confident”
Dominic Walter, Cameron Chow and Matthew Lyn gave strong swims this weekend for their respective colleges.
Walter posted personal bests in two events in the dual meet between McMaster and SUNY Buffalo and placed fourth, fifth and fourth in the 100 yard freestyle (48.86), 200 yard freestyle (1:59.72), and 1000 yard freestyle (9:59.79), respectively.
In the same meet, Chow picked up a bronze medal in the 100 yard backstroke (53.76), came fourth in the 200 yard backstroke (1:58.82), and finished sixth in the 100 yard butterfly in 54.03. In the 200 yard medley relay, Chow posted a 24.59 for the backstroke leg to start his team off in third place.
Freshman Matthew Lyn, swimming for NYU against University of Rochester, placed third in the 1650 yard freestyle in 16:49.32 and third in the 500 yard freestyle in 4:56.36.
Check out loopjamaica’s article on their performances here.