Atkinson wins gold, sets three national records on final day of FINA World cup 2016


August 31, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Alia Atkinson

On the final day of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup in Paris, France, Jamaica's Alia Atkinson won a gold and silver medal and set three national records.

In the final of the women's 50 metre breaststroke where Atkinson previously equaled her own world record, she was once again at her explosive best from the gun went off, with a reaction time of 0.62, which only Meili was able to match.

The swimmer got to the 25m wall first and used her excellent underwater work to pull away from the field. Efimova won the silver in 29.34 and Meili, bronze in 29.75.

In the 100m individual medley final, Atkinson stopped the clock in 57.84, a new national record as she lowered her old standard of 58.26 which was set at the Dubai stop of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup in 2014.

In the 50m butterfly final, Alia finished just outside the medals with a fourth-place performance in 26.04. That performance still bettered her national record of 26.27 set at the Hong Kong tour stop in 2014.

In the 100m freestyle, Atkinson qualified for the time final in a national-record 56.16.

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