Competing at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson again won Gold at the two day FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup meet which ran from Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2016.
Alia won her 4th consecutive Gold medal of the World Cup tour in the 50 metre breaststroke in a time of 29.02.That was just off her season best of 29.00 when she won Gold at the Berlin leg. That makes it 3 wins from the last 3 competitions in Dubai for the Olympian. Atkinson has been supported in her journey of aquatic excellence on this tour by her sponsors Grace Kennedy Money Services, Rainforest Seafood and National Bakery.
Completing the podium was Russian Yulia Efimova 29.27 and American Katie Meili.
The Jamaican national record holder would win yet another medal in the 100 metre breaststroke. Alia finished 2nd to Meili in the 100 metre breaststroke when she clocked 1:03.32. Meili just edged Alia to the finish with a 1:03.26 performance. Since joining the tour in 2013 Alia has never finished outside of the medals in the 100 metre breaststroke in Dubai.
In the 100 metre individual medley Alia pressed World record holder Hungarian Katinka Hosszu to the final wall. Atkinson had the fastest 2nd 50 metre split of 30.78 and stopped the clock in 58.55 to earn the Silver. Katinka took the Gold in 58.09.
In the 50 metre butterfly Alia would earn her best placing in Dubai when she won Bronze in 26.14. Her previous best performance was 4th in 2014.
The 200 metre individual medley saw her just outside the medals when she placed 4th in 2:13.30.
Alia only contested the heats of the 50 metre backstroke and was the 5th fastest overall in the morning with a time of 28.60