DAY 4 TEAM JAMAICA MORNING HEATS ATKINSON MAKES 100 BREASTSTROKE SEMI FINAL. PLASCHKA BREAKS BUTTERFLY RECORD

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The 4th morning of competition at the 13th World Short Course swimming Championships saw Alia Atkinson making her way to the semi-finals and Justin Plaschka breaking yet another butterfly record.

Alia Atkinson cruised in to the semi-final stage of the 100 metre breaststroke with a 1:05.27 .That ranked her 3rd going into the next round. Alia is the defending Champion and World record holder in the event with a time of 1:02.36.

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Justin Plaschka Photo courtesy of Michael Lyn

Teammate Justin Plaschka accounted for the 7th national record to fall at these Championships when he took down the 50 metre butterfly record for the second time .During the heats of the 100 metre butterfly he established the record of 24.29 when he turned at the 50 metre mark with that split. In the heats of the 50 metre butterfly he became the first Jamaican under 24 seconds when he stopped the clock in a time of 23.92.It is also the best placing for a Jamaican swimmer in the event bettering the 56th spot by Brad Hamilton from the 2004 World Championships in the United States.

Keanan Dols placed 2nd in heat with a time of 25.58 to place 65th overall.

The Jamaican team has set a national record each day of the competition in Windsor.

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