Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Alia Atkinson wins another bronze in China

Alia Atkinson.

Alia Atkinson.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson continues to show good early season form by copping another bronze medal on Wednesday – this time in the 100-metre breaststroke as competition continued in the FINA Champions Series in Shenzhen, China.

Atkinson’s time was 1:08.15 seconds. 

Italy’s Martina Carraro won gold in a time of 1:06.85. She copped the double as she won the 50-metre breaststroke a day earlier, an event in which Atkinson also placed third.

Hometown swimmer Yu Jingyao took the silver in 1:07.59.

For her efforts, Atkinson pocketed a total of US$12,000 for her two third-place finishes.

The FINA Series marks part of Atkinson’s preparations for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and the Olympian looks in great shape. Her third-place finish over the 100m breaststroke is her third-fastest time ever done in January. In 2016 she recorded times of 1:07.38 and 1:07.47 at the Austin leg of the United States-based TYR Pro series.

Her effort on Wednesday places her 13th in the global standings for the race.

She will next be in action from January 18-19 in Beijing at the Ying Dong Swimming Natatorium, the site of swimming for the 2008 Olympic Games. She will again contest the 50 and 100-metre breaststroke events.

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