ATKINSON WINS GOLD IN THE 50 METRE BREASTSTROKE, SETS ANOTHER BUTTERFLY RECORD

 

 

Day 2 of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2016 tour in Berlin saw Jamaican Alia Atkinson back to winning ways in the 50 metre breaststroke and setting a new national record in the 50 metre butterfly.

Alia in Berlin after competition
Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of adiimages

 

In the final the medallists for the 100 metre breaststroke would be the protagonists in the 50 metre breaststroke American Katie Meili, Russian Yulia Efimova and Atkinson. Of the three Meili would react fastest to the gun with a time of 0.60 .Efimova and Atkinson had reactions timed at 0.65 and 0.67 respectively .Despite that Alia would not be denied in the final as she would take a close victory. She stopped the clock in 29.00 bettering the 29.25 she posted in Paris on August 27. It was just off her national record of 28.91 set at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The performance is the 2nd fastest time outside of the World Championships as she has a time of 28.94 to her name at the Singapore leg of the World Cup tour in 2013.

 

In the 50 metre butterfly she created history for Jamaica   when she swam under 26 seconds in the 50 metre butterfly. In Paris on August 27 she swam to new national record of 26.04 flirting with the 26 second barrier. Today she smashed that as she swam to a new Jamaican standard of 25.86. Her performance placed her 4th just denied the Bronze by Katinka Hosszu who clocked 25.73. The winner was Dane Jeanette Ottesen who took the win in 24.95.

 

The 100 metre individual medley final saw her putting on a late surge in the last 50 metres . She was trailing the field at the half way mark in 7th. She had the strongest breaststroke and freestyle legs to have the fastest last 50 metre split of 30.71.That propelled her to 4th place in a time of 59.83.

She swam the heats of the 100 metre freestyle in 58.92 to place 12th.

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