DOUBLE WORLD RECORD HOLDER ALIA ATKINSON READY FOR THE WORLD SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WINDSOR CANADA

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When Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson ended the 2016 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup tour in Hong Kong in late October she had just completed the best tour of her career. In November when asked about competing on the tour this season Atkinson had the following thoughts

“I feel pretty good now that the World Cup series has ended. I had started in Paris in August and was pretty surprised with equaling the World Record so early. In the back of my mind I knew that it was possible to break it but to equal it so early in the season was a surprise.  It showed me that my body was still very well prepared coming out of the intensive training for Rio16.  I had been focusing on improving the reaction time off the blocks and efficiently streamlining after the turns in particular and I realized that this gave me an increase in my sprint speed particularly for the 50 short course meters event. This resulted in a low time of 29.25 seconds to a NWR time of 28.64 seconds and remaining unbeaten throughout the series. I feel pretty good about that.  The 100 SCM event wasn’t that bad either. I had four times below the 1:03 mark and actually won six of the eight finals with a best time of 1:02.36, as I said earlier of equaling the WR. So the 2016 World Cup for me was indeed successful and I feel that the repetitive nature of the events has put me in good stead to go into the 2016 World  Short Course Championships in Windsor, Canada later this year”.

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Alia Atkinson Photo taken courtesy of es.klear.com

Her  2016 World Cup Record in the sprint breaststroke events as follows

50 metre breaststroke

AUG. 26-27 PARIS,  FRANCE 29.25 GOLD
AUG 30-31 BERLIN, GERMANY 29.00 GOLD
SEPT. 30-OCT 1 BEIJING, CHINA 29.15 GOLD
OCT. 4 – 5 DUBAI, U.A.E. 29.02 GOLD
OCT 8-9 DOHA, QATAR 28.98 GOLD
OCT 21-22 SINGAPORE 28.91 GOLD
OCT 25-26 TOKYO, JAPAN 28.64 WR GOLD
OCT 29-30 HONG KONG 29.20 GOLD

100 metre breaststroke

AUG. 26-27 PARIS,  FRANCE 1:02.36WR GOLD
AUG 30-31 BERLIN, GERMANY 1:03.10 SILVER
SEPT. 30-OCT 1 BEIJING, CHINA 1:03.42 GOLD
OCT. 4 – 5 DUBAI, U.A.E. 1:03.32 SILVER
OCT 8-9 DOHA, QATAR 1:03.18 GOLD
OCT 21-22 SINGAPORE 1:02.40 GOLD
OCT 25-26 TOKYO, JAPAN 1:02.91 GOLD
OCT 29-30 HONG KONG 1:02.68 GOLD

Now in Windsor Atkinson prepares to compete in her 5th World Short Course Championships. Her record at the Championships in the sprint breaststroke events are seen below

50 metre breaststroke

2014 Doha 50 metre breaststroke 28.91 Silver
2012 Turkey 50 metre breaststroke 29.67 Silver
2010 Dubai 50 metre breaststroke 30.22 6th
2004 Indianapolis 50 metre breaststroke 33.41 17th

100 metre breaststroke

2014 Doha 100 metre breaststroke 1:02.36 Gold
2012 Turkey 100 metre breaststroke 1:03.80 Silver
2010 Dubai 100 metre breaststroke 1:06.05 9th
2004 Indianapolis 100 metre breaststroke 1:12.12 19th

 

In Windsor she will seek to extend her record as Jamaica’s most decorated swimmer at these Championships whilst helping to usher in the new era of Jamaican swimmers.

Dominic Walter
Dominic Walter Photo courtesy of Tedra and Elise Bolger
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Kelsie Campbell
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Keanan Dols Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn
Justin Plaschka ACC 1
Justin Plaschka

 

She will be joined by teammates all making their senior debut at this level Dominic Walter , Kelsie Campbell , Keanan Dols and Justin Plaschka. The competition runs from Dec 6-11, 2016.

 

 

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