Atkinson equals own world record in Paris
Jamaica's Alia Atkinson returned to international competition with a bang after a disappointing showing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In her very first final of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2016 series at the first stop in the first Cluster in Paris, France in a 25 metre pool, Atkinson equalled her own world record. After cruising through the heats earlier in the morning in a time of 1:04.89 she was seeded second going into the final. In the final she was joined by the fastest qualifier, American, Katie Meili (1:04.49) along with the dangerous Russian, Yulia Efimova, American Breeja Larson and Japanese swimmer, Rie Kaneto.
In the final Atkinson had the second fastest reaction to the gun (0.63 of a second) and from that point it ended up being a no contest. She blasted through the first 50 metres with a split time of 29.33, more than half a second ahead of a quality field.
Her last 50m was 33.03. Her final time and crushing win was 1:02.36 equalling her world record time done in Doha, Qatar on December 6, 2014. The silver medal went to the American, Meili in 1:03.52 with bronze going to the Russian Efimova in 1:04.14