The second day of the Moscow of leg of the 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup (August 3) saw Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson shattering her national record in the 100 scm (short course metres ) butterfly . That performance made it Four National records from three competitions. This follows national record swims in the 100  (long course metres)LCM butterfly and 100 LCM butterfly earlier this summer.

At the start of the day the old Jamaican record stood at 1:01.39 from her efforts at the 2012 Canada Cup on November 23. Today in the morning heats she broke the through the minute barrier. She also flew past the 59 and 58 second barriers to clock 57.64. The only person faster was the World Record holder in the event Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström who topped qualifiers with a time of 56.97.

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Bronze medallist Alia Atkinson and Gold medallist and Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström react to the scoreboard after the 100 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of gettyimages

In the final Atkinson went out with the field to be 4th at the 50 metre turn. She came back faster on the last 50 metres in 30.37 to win the Bronze in yet another national record time of 57.56.  The Silver went to Russian   Svetlana Chimrova in 57.02. The Gold went to the Swede in a time of 55.70. Sjöström had set the World record in the 100 scm freestyle in a time of 50.77 less than an hour earlier.

Analysis of Atkinson’s 100 metre butterfly national record swims

Meet Date First 50 split Last 50 split Final Time
Canada Cup Nov 23,2012 28.87 32.52 1:01.39
FINA World Cup August 3,2017 26.79 30.85 57.64
FINA World Cup August 3,2017 27.19 30.37 57.56


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Alia Atkinson powers her way to the 200 scm breaststroke Bronze medal in Moscow Photo courtesy of gettyimages

In the 200 metre breaststroke Atkinson produced her second fastest effort ever on the World Cup tour in the preliminaries when she clocked 2:22.07 (split time 1:08.35) to qualify for the final. In the race for the medals in the evening it would be Alia, long time tour rival Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte and European record holder Dane Rikke Moeller Pedersen that took the fight to the field with splits of 1:07.51 and 1:07.55 and 1:07.43 respectively. The last 100 metres saw Pedersen holding on to take the Gold in 2:19.84. The Silver went to Russian Mariia Temnikova as she clipped Atkinson at the wall 2:20.14 to 2:20.63. Meilutyte placed 5th with a time of 2:22.21.


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