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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On the sixth day of competition (July 28) of the 2017 World Swimming championships in Budapest Hungary Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter (2016) topped the CCCAN and CARIFTA rankings in the 100 metre butterfly with a time of 52.73 (split time 23.98) to place 28th. He was the only one from both regional groupings to be under the 53 seconds barrier.

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Bradley ally Photo courtesy of gettyimages

He had established himself as the joint fastest CARIFTA swimmer of all time in the event when he won Gold at the CCCAN Championships last month with a time of 52.73. He holds this accolade with Olympian Barbadian Bradley Ally (2004, 2008, and 2012) who recorded that time in 2009. When Carter touched the timing pads he bettered the best time by a CARIFTA region swimmer at the World championships.

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Olympic Gold medallist Anthony Nesty Photo courtesy of the

The previous best time was 53.29 set by 1988 Olympic Gold medallist in the event Suriname’s Anthony Nesty (1984, 1988,1992). Nesty, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago won the event with that time at the 1991 Perth Australia World Championships.

Dylan’s placing of 28th is the best all time World Championships placing by a male swimmer from the twin island republic. The previous best placing was 41st by Joshua McLeod at the 2013 Barcelona, Spain World Championships. It is also the best placing for a CCCAN or CARIFTA swimmer since 2003.





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.

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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.

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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.



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Mikaili Charlemagne Photo courtesy of Brian Charles photography

On July 29 Mikaili Charlemagne of St Lucia recorded the fastest time by a St Lucian woman at the World championships when she stopped the clock in a time of 28.26 to place 60th overall. That bettered the previous best time of 28.59 recorded by Siona Huxley at the 2009 Rome World Championships.

Draftingthecaribbean got her reaction to her swim on Sunday July 31.

Although the outcome of the 50 freestyle was not what l expected I had fun and enjoyed racing. From looking at the heat that I was seeded in I knew that the competition would be stiff. From the start I broke out with my head down trying to go for my goal time. I was disappointed that I did not make my best time but this race was motivation for me to train hard to be able to do better the next time I swim”.

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Mikaili Charlemagne Photo courtesy of Brian Charles photography

On Thursday July 27 Mikaili became the first St Lucian woman to contest the 100 metre freestyle. In that race she posted a time of 1:02.59 to finish 66th. She gave draftingthecaribbean her impressions of competing at her first senior international competition

This meet has been a wonderful experience for me thus far. It all started with me seeing the competition pool, that alone was motivation for me to swim to the best of my ability. Another thing that motivated me was seeing world class athletes like Katinka   Hosszu, Katie Ledecky, Adam Peaty and Simone Manuel swim before me. The days leading up to my first event  I started to warm up in the competition pool and that also helped me get a better feel of the type of competition that I was about to go up against. I also started to visualize my race days before. I think visualizing my race was one of the factors that helped me perform how I did. When the morning of my race came I was a bit nervous. Going down to the call room was a totally new experience because I had never been to a call room like that before. Going to the call room was also a little intimidating for me because there were so many girl tapping themselves to keep their muscles warm. Thankfully I was able to block out that sound and focus on my race. I felt that I had a wonderful race and during the race I felt energized and happy although I was nervous. I am just so happy that I did a PB (personal best time) and made my country proud. I am looking forward to my next race and many other meets like this to come”.



Jamaica’s Cameron Brown continued his excellent form in the breaststroke events by lowering the 13-14 100 metre breaststroke for the fourth time at the Florida Gold Senior Championships in Coral Springs Florida. His previous records were established at the 2016 CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships) in July, the Gulliver Invitational in January and the SPEEDO sectionals in March .Competing in the heats of the event of the event he lowered the record from 1:09.66 to 1:09.48. In the final of the event he would be just off that time but still under the old record as he placed 5th in a time of 1:09.60.

Analysis of records swims at CISC and at Florida Senior champs

Date First 50 metres Second 50 metres Final time
July 2016 CISC 33.02 36.99 1:10.01
Florida Senior Champs July 2017 32.05 37.43 1:09.48
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Olympian Alia Atkinson and Cameron Brown Jamaican 13-14 100 metre breaststroke national age group record holders Photo courtesy of Nicole Parker

Draftingthecaribbean spoke to Cameron after his record breaking swim on July 30 and got his insight about the race and the competition overall

“In my 50 metre breaststroke I came within .10 of the 13-14 age group National record (31.05 by Brad Hamilton), I was also 2 seconds shy of the 200 metre Breaststroke record (2:33.55). Feeling a little disappointed I knew I had an opportunity to touch the record again in my pet event, 100 metre breaststroke. My first 50 was the fastest of the field at 32.05,  my turn was good but I would’ve been happier if my 2nd 50 was faster. It was a 37.43. I ended up with the new record”.


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Venezuela ‘s standard bearer in the 200 metre butterfly at the last two World Championships (Kazan and Barcelona)  Olympian Marcos Lavado (2012) continued to be the man to call on at 2017 Budapest World Championships as he again recorded the regional best time of 1:57.37 for 19th overall.

Not only did he better his best World Championship time and placing from 2013 of 1:58.69 and 22nd position he also recorded the fastest time ever done by a Venezuelan swimmer at the World Championships.


Lavado’s performance should come as no surprise as he broke the national record of 1:57.51 by Olympian Rafael Vidal when he won the Bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games with a swim of 1:56.98 at the Aquatic International Invitational in Barbados.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Lavado he spoke about his performances and his plans

“I think it was a great meet for me, I was in good shape and I felt confident that I could drop my times… I swam 200 and 100 butterfly where I got 19th and (53.97) 45th place respectively. They weren’t my best times but I can take them and I know that I can do better with my coach Gianluca Alberani who has supported me since I arrive to this swimming club (Azura Florida Aquatics) in January 2016. Now I’d like to take a little break and start a new plan and talk with my coaches what are the most important meets to be focus on for next year”



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.

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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.

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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.

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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