Jamaicans still proud of Alia
Alia Atkinson finished eighth in the finals of
the women's 100m breaststroke in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, last night, clocking a time of 1:08:10. Despite her last-place finish, social media was flooded with praises for the history-making swimmer.
The 27-year-old has already gone down in the history books as the first Jamaican swimmer, and the first black woman ever to medal at a global swimming tournament, having won the silver medal at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2012. She shares the world record of 1:02.36 in the event with Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.
Atkinson was trending on Twitter last night, with 14,200 tweets.
Here is what persons on social media had to say about Atkinson's performance.
Andrew Holness: We are proud of Alia. You represented Jamaica in style and made it to the finals. A job well done.
Julian Robinson: Proud of you Alia for flying the Jamaican flag high. I know you are disappointed as we all are. Your medal will come. Keep pressing.
Raymond Pryce: She is the first Jamaican woman to make back to back Olympics in swimming. You are legend, Alia. You are part of the gold in black, green and gold.
Kaci Fennell Shirley: Good race Alia. Proud same way.
Floyd Green: Love you Alia #WorldRecordHolder
Owen James: Alia, you did your best and we are all proud of you.
Gordon Swaby: Alia messed up in the start, but to have gotten that far with little support is AMAZING. Her time will come. #ProudJamaican.
Romain Virgo: Extremely Proud of you Alia Atkinson for making it to the finals. You did us proud.
Miss Kitty: Still proud! Love you Alia! Still an inspiration. I'm very proud of you and your efforts! Big up yuh nice clean self!
St_Scottie: Big up Alia fi reach finals. Nuff respect! Mi nearly drown when me bathe this mawning, suh mi know it nuh easy!
Markel Oneil: Alia Atkinson, accept the love of a grateful nation. Thank you.