ATKINSON BECOMES FIRST JAMAICAN WOMAN TO BREAK MINUTE IN 100 METRE BUTTERFLY, CONTINUES TO DOMINATE LOCAL RECORD BOOKS

Alia
Alia Atkinson Photo courtesy of Jamaica Olympics

Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson (2004, 2008, 2012 ,2016) continues to add to her storied swimming legacy by charting new heights for Jamaican swimming. Competing at the Southern Zone Sectional Championship at the YMCA of Central Florida from July 6 to 9 Alia bettered the national record in the 100 metre butterfly becoming the first Jamaican woman under the minute mark. Atkinson held the previous mark of 1:00.61 set at the SPEEDO sectionals on March 15, 2015.  On Friday July  Alia representing the South Florida Aquatic Club stopped the clock in a time of 59.94 to with Gold outlasting the challenges of Metro Aquatics Isabella Paez 1:00.47 and Gator Swim Club’sTalia Bates 1:01.21.Analysis of Atkinson’s national record swims

Date First 50 Second 50 Final Time
Mar 2015 28.45 32.16 1:00.61
July 2017 28.44 31.50 59.94

Alia in Berlin after competition

Alia would also post winning world ranked times in her favoured breaststroke events. In the 100 metre breaststroke race she had splits of 31.40 and 36.21 to win easily by over three seconds in a time of 1:07.61 that ranks her 29th in the world. In the one lap race she stamped her class by winning by over 2 seconds in a new meet record of 30.98. That performance bettered her 2014 meet record of 31.20. The swim places Alia  19th globally. As Alia has the greatest longevity  of all Jamaican swimmers at the elite level it is no surprise that she dominates the individual record books in the 50 metre pool. She has the highest number of entries, nine for both men and women.Atkinson’s individual national records

Event Time
100 metre freestyle 56.06
50 metre backstroke 29.94
100 metre backstroke 1:04.04
50 metre breaststroke 30.11
100 metre breatstroke 1:05.93
200 metre breatstroke 2:25.48
50 metre butterfly 26.65
100 metre butterfly 59.94
200 metre individual medley 2:14.75
Alia with medals
Alia Atkinson Photo taken courtesy of es.klear.com

Atkinson will be bypassing this month’s Long course World Championship in Budapest Hungary .She will instead be focusing on the 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup Series starting August 2 in Moscow Russia.

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