Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson, the standard bearer for regional swimming continued to enhance the reputation of Caribbean swimming by winning the Bronze medal tonight in the 100 individual medley. The 13th World Short Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada would prove to be the venue for her first medal in the event and her 6th overall.
The road to her medal success can be likened to Alia’s determination to excel in her sport as seen by the results from her first time of competition to this medal winning moment.
In the race itself it was Atkinson who had a fantastic last 50 metres of 30.44 to move from 7th to earn Bronze in a time of 58.04.She was not far off her national record time of 57.84 set in August this year. The Gold was won by Katinka Hozzsu in 57.24 and the Silver by Australian Emily Seebohm in 57.97.
Atkinson joins George Bovell III as the only medallist from the region in the event .George won Bronze at the 2012 Championships in a time of 51.66.