The 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25 metre) will get underway in Hangzhou China with Jamaica making its ninth showing at the global event.
Olympian Sion Brinn opened the World Championships account for Jamaica as its only swimmer at the 1995 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Championships. In 1995 he made the first ever final for the country placing 8th in the 50 metre freestyle in 22.53 and won the 100 metre freestyle B final in a time of 49.41.In 1997 he was again the island’s sole entrant in Gothenburg Sweden and won both B finals of the 50 and 100 metre freestyle in times of 48.66 and 22.35 respectively.
Dominic Walter of the 2016 Team that competed in Windsor Canada recounted to draftingthecaribbean what representing the nation meant to him
“Representing Jamaica at any level in swimming has always provided some of the most enjoyable experiences that the sport has given me. The feeling of representing your nation with your teammates on one of the highest stages is comparable to none. At the 2016 Short Course World Championships I had the opportunity to watch Alia Atkinson win a gold medal and hear the Jamaican national anthem played on a world stage, what an incredible motivation”.
Team Jamaica in 2018 will be represented by defending 100 metre breaststroke World Champion Alia Atkinson and World Short Course Championships debutante Sidrell Williams. The coach is Chris Anderson and the team leader Dr Brian James.
Alia Atkinson who will be competing in her sixth World Championships will be chasing history after another fantastic World Cup Campaign. She leads the World in both the 50 metre breaststroke where she set the World record at 28.56 and the 100 metre breaststroke where she is the only sub 1:03 seconds clocking at 1:02.74. In her other event the 100 metre individual medley she has third fastest entry time .
In the 100 metre breaststroke she will seek to make become the first swimmer to win three consecutive titles.She will also be seeking to bring Jamaica level with the United States of America for the country with most titles won in the event as the Americans had a winning streak from 2006,2008 and 2010. She also has the individual medal count lead with three medals and will be seeking to extend that advantage in Hangzhou.
In the 50 metre breaststroke Alia has won the most medals in the event of all time with three consecutive Silver medals from 2012,2014 and 2016.
In terms of total medals won at the Championships she will be seeking to break the deadlock with Cuba’s Rodolfo Falcón who has seven medals.
|1999||Cuba||Rodolfo Falcón||50 metre backstroke||Gold|
|2000||Cuba||Rodolfo Falcón||50 metre backstroke||Bronze|
|1993||Cuba||Rodolfo Falcón||100 metre backstroke||Bronze|
|1995||Cuba||Rodolfo Falcón||100 metre backstroke||Gold|
|1999||Cuba||Rodolfo Falcón||100 metre backstroke||Gold|
|2000||Cuba||Rodolfo Falcón||100 metre backstroke||Silver|
|1995||Cuba||Rodolfo Falcón||200 metre backstroke||Gold|
Teammate Sidrell Williams will become the 16th Jamaican swimmer to compete World Short Course championships debut is no stranger to national representation having represented the country at the regional level at the CARIFTA , CISC and CCCAN Championships . On the international stage he has represented the Black,Green and Gold at the 2013 Junior World Championships, 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the 2015 World Championships. He will be seeking to make his mark in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events.
The Competition Venue is The Tennis Centre at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo. Centre where a temporary competition pool and pool deck will be constructed on top of the main arena of the Tennis Centre.The venue is between 15-20 minutes from the “Grand New Century Hotel’ where Team Jamaica is housed.The competition will run from Tuesday December 11th to Sunday, December 16th. Local start times for heats in Jamaica are 8:30 pm for heats and 6am for the finals. The competition will start at 8.30 pm today Monday Dec 10. Atkinson will start Jamaica’s campaign on her birthday Dec 11 with the 50 metre breaststroke.
Schedule for Team Jamaica
|Monday Dec 10 8:30 pm||Women 50 metre breaststroke heats|
|Tuesday Dec 11 6am||Women 50 metre breaststroke semi finals|
|Wednesday Dec 12 6am||Women 50 metre breaststroke final|
|Wed Dec 12 8.30 pm||Women 100 metre individual medley heats|
|Men 50 metre freestyle heats|
|Thursday Dec 13 6am||Women 100 metre individual medley semi finals|
|Men 50 metre freestyle semi finals|
|Thursday Dec 13 8.30pm||Women 100 metre breaststroke heats|
|Friday Dec 14 6am||Women 100 metre individual medley final|
|Men 50 metre freestyle final|
|Women 100 metre breaststroke semi finals|
|Friday Dec 14 8.30 pm||Men 100 metre freestyle heats|
|Saturday Dec 15 6am||Men 100 metre freestyle semi finals|
|Women 100 metre breaststroke final|
|Sunday Dec 16 6am||Men 100 metre freestyle final|