Thursday 19 September, 2019

Alia wins 50m gold at World Swimming Championships

Alia Atkinson.

Alia Atkinson.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won the gold medal in the 50-metre breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China, on Wednesday.

The world-record holder, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Tuesday, came from behind to win in 29.05 seconds.

Atkinson held off the challenge of long-time rival Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania who touched in 29.38 seconds. Martina Carraro of Italy won the bronze medal in 29.59 seconds.

The Jamaican set a new world record of 28.56 seconds, this year, lowering her own mark of 28.64 set in 2016.

 

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