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