Jamaican World record holder Alia Atkinson opened her 2017-2018 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup with her 25th career win in the 50 scm (short course metre) breaststroke (25 metre pool) today in Moscow Russia.
After cruising to make the make the final with a time of 29.73 she would face long time rival and former World Record holder Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte. In the final it would be the European who got the early advantage with a better reaction time to Alia 0.59 to 0.69.But as seen in the her build up to her European cluster campaign Atkinson has developed her back end speed . At the death it would be the fastest woman ever in the event Atkinson getting her hands to the wall first in a time of 29.46. Ruta won the Silver in 29.51. Russian Natalia Ivaneeva won the Bronze in a time of 29.87.
Atkinson competed at eight of the nine World Cup stops last season and was undefeated in all eight of her 50 metre breaststroke races.
In her final race of the day she competed in a stacked final of the 100 metre individual medley. The race would go to the World record holder in the event the “Iron lady” Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in 57.02.Sweden’s World record holder in the 100 scm butterfly Sarah Sjöström won the Silver in 54.61. Former World record holder in the event Australian Emily Seebohm won Bronze in 58.63. Atkinson, the CCCAN and CARIFTA’s standard bearer in the event was fourth in 59.55. Alia was 8th at the halfway mark but there was too much a gap for her to close to be on the podium.
On Day two she will be in action in the 200 scm breaststroke and 100 scm butterfly.