After becoming the first Jamaican woman to swim the 100 metre butterfly in under a minute on July 7 Olympian Alia Atkinson (2004, 2008, 2012,2016) decided to break the 100 metre freestyle record as well for good measure. Competing on the opening day of the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in Coral Springs today July 28 she became the first Jamaican woman to break the 56 seconds mark.

In the open women’s final ,Alia representing South Florida Aquatics, broke away from the field with the only split under 26.50 with a time of 26.48.She was also fastest coming home with a final 50 metres of 28.87 , the only sub 29 seconds time of the final . She clocked in a new personal best and national record of 55.35. Alia has gained more speed at both the start of the race and the back end compared to her record swim at the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando

Analysis of Alia’s record swims

Date First 50 metres Second 50 metres Final time
Orlando  Feb 2015 27.11 28.95 56.06
Coral Springs July 2017 26.48 28.11 55.35

Second was Kyla Valls of Miami Swimming 56.33. Third went Victoria Fonville of Westminster Academy in 57.52.

Alia and Jamaican contingent
Alia Atkinson with Jamaican swimmers in Florida front row from let right Cheser Adams and Naomi Eaton back row from left to right Chester Adams Jr, Alia , Cameron Brown and Jordane Payne Photo courtesy of Nicole Parker

In  her speciality Atkinson clocked a season best of 30.54 for a win by over 2 seconds. That time places her as the 8th fastest woman in the world in the event.  Ironically that event will be swum at the World Long course (50 metre ) Championship (which she decided to by pass this time around )will be swum tomorrow.

Alia and Cameron
Alia Atkinson and Cameron Brown Photo courtesy of Nicole Parker

There was a national record scare for the 13-14 boy’s 50 metre breaststroke as Cameron Brown representing Azura Aquatics clocked 31.15 for the Silver in his race .That was just off the national record of 31.05 set by Brad Hamilton at the 2004 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships held in Jamaica.

Alia on her way to 50 metre gold in Berlin
Alia on her way to 50 metre Gold in Berlin Photo courtesy of FINA

Atkinson will be in excellent form as she seeks more international glory for Jamaica and the CARIFTA and CCCAN regions as she will take part in the first leg of the European cluster of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup Series in Moscow on August 2.Those series of meets are contested in






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