The second stop of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2016 in Berlin, Germany saw Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson among the sprint breaststroke medals again.

Alia wins Silver on Day on in Berlin
Alia Atkinson Berlin

Competing in the final of the 100 metre breaststroke on August 30 Alia would again face off against American Katie Meili and Russian Yulia Efimova. In the final both Meili and Atkinson would react to the gun in under .70 of a second with reaction times of 0.63 and 0.65 respectively. Meili would hold the advantage for the first 50 metre splitting 29.72 to Alia’s 29.74. The Jamaican would make her move on the 3rd 25 to gain an advantage heading to the final wall. The American would prove too strong on the last lap and took the victory in 1:02.92.Atkinson won the Silver in 1:03.10. Efimova had the only sub 33 seconds back half finished well to take the Bronze in 1:03.17.

In the 200 metre individual medley final Alia again showed her sprint endurance. At the halfway mark laying in 7th she split 35.28 on her breaststroke leg to challenge for the medals. Efimova who had the fastest breaststroke leg of 34.40 used her that momentum to deny Alia the Bronze. Efimova stopped the clock in 2:06.93 while Atkinson finished 4th in 2:08.93. The winner of the final was Katinka Hosszu who took the Gold in a time of 2:05.57.

In the last final she contested on day one Atkinson put her national 50 metre freestyle record of 24.65 recorded in Hong Kong in 2014 on notice. She stopped the clock in 25.02 the 2nd fastest time of her career to place 6th .Gold went to Jeanette Ottesen in 23.58.


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