Monday 20 May, 2019

Alia takes 100m breaststroke gold at FINA World Cup in Singapore

Alia Atkinson.

Alia Atkinson.

Jamaica’s swimming sensation Alia Atkinson clocked a world-leading 1:02.74 seconds to win gold in the women’s 100-metre breaststroke final at the FINA World Cup in Singapore on Friday.

The 1:02.74 clocking also represents the fourth fastest time of her career.

Atkinson took the race away from the field with a scorching first 50 metres of 29.87, the only sub-30 clocking. She also displayed her speed endurance to also clock the fastest second 50 metres time of 32.87 on her way to the victory.

The Russian duo of Yulia Efimova and Vitalina Simonova secured the silver and bronze medals.

Efimova clocked in 1:03.58 for her second place while Simonova touched the wall in 1:05.53.

Atkinson’s countrywoman Breanna Roman clocked a new personal best of 1:07.55, behind splits of 31.78 and 35.86, to finish sixth.

The two Jamaicans will now compete in the women’s 50-metre breaststroke on Saturday’s third and final day.

The championship in Singapore is the final of seven stops of the FINA World Cup.

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