Jamaica’s standard bearer in swimming Alia Atkinson continued to make her presence felt on the last day of competition of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 in Dubai yesterday. Atkinson split 30.55 at the half way point of setting a new national record and world leading time of 1:05.93 in the 100 metre breaststroke. Alia had already done 30.55 to be atop of the 50 metre breaststroke 2015-2016 rankings in Doha.
The question now was how close could she come to her national record of 30.11 when she got a historic Silver medal in the event for Jamaica and the Caribbean at the Kazan World Championships in August.
The heats gave a glimpse of the form she is currently in when she raced to a World Leading time 30.34.That placed her almost a second ahead of Australian Leiston Pickett heading into the final.
In the final American Molly Hannis had a reaction time of 0.65 just .01 behind Atkinson. That was the only point in the race where it would be close as Atkinson raced away to another emphatic victory in yet another World Leading time of 30.26. Hannis won Silver in 30.54 with Pickett taking the Bronze in 30.79.
She closed out her participation on the World Cup Tour winning Bronze in the 50 metre butterfly in 26.95. That ranks as the fourth fastest time Atkinson has registered in the event.
Atkinson finished the series with fourth overall in the World Cup Series. She won six out of a possible seven races in the 50 metre breaststroke event. Her career Gold medal tally in the series stands at Sixteen.
In the 100 metre breaststroke she won a total of four Gold medals out of six races. She has won sixteen career Gold medal in this event since joining the tour in 2013.
Her overall medal total for the series stands at Sixty medals.