Day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympics saw the CARIFTA region represented in another final. It was the turn of Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson in the 100 metre breaststroke. The final would be Atkinson’s second consecutive final after making the top 8 at the London 2012 Games. Atkinson finished 8th in the final with a time of 1:08.10.With her qualification for the final she joins a select group of swimmers to make two or more individual Olympic finals. Malia Metella (French Guiana/France) 50 and 100 metre freestyle 2004 Games in Athens, Coralie Balmy (Martinique/France) 400 metre freestyle Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016, Anthony Nesty (Suriname) 100 metre butterfly 1 Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and 200 metre butterfly Seoul 1988, George Bovell III Trinidad and Tobago 200 metre individual medley Athens 2004 and 50 metre freestyle London 2012. Atkinson is the first swimmer from Jamaica to make two Olympic finals for Jamaica.
In the 200 metre freestyle Balmy and Joanna Evans of The Bahamas raced to the top of the standings for the best ever female Olympic performances from the CARIFTA region. Balmy had splits of 58.37 and 1:00.46 for a total time of 1:58.83. She would place 23rd overall. That is the best ever Olympic performance ever by a woman from the CARIFTA region.
Evans had splits of 59.23 and 1:02.04 for a total time 2:01.27 for a final place of 36th .That performance bettered her national record of 2:01.62. That swim moved to her to the 2nd fastest of all time in the CARIFTA region and the fastest English speaking woman. She beat the English speaking CARIFTA region best of 2:04.06 set Jamaica’s Janelle Atkinson at the Sydney 2000 Games.