Monday 16 September, 2019

What's Up? Alia talks about the glory, disappointments and new season

Jamaica’s swimming sensation Alia Atkinson.

Jamaica’s swimming sensation Alia Atkinson.

Jamaica’s swimming sensation Alia Atkinson, who resides in Florida, is back home for the Christmas holiday season after another good year in the pool.

Among the highlights for Atkinson in 2017 was three gold medals at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Germany. Those gold came in the women's 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events.

The 29-year-old Atkinson also broke the 100-metre freestyle national record at the Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships in Coral Spring in July.

Atkinson ended the year ranked number one for short course for both the 50m and 100m breaststroke events and number four for the 200m breaststroke.

What’s Up, a Loop Jamaica feature, caught up with the four-time Olympian at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona swimming pool on Wednesday after she competed the second of her four-day intensive swim clinic.

Atkinson, who has been nominated for the RJRGLEANER Communications Group 2017 Sportswoman of the Year, reflects on the intensive swim clinic, her just completed season, the big disappointment two years ago at the Rio Olympics and what’s in store for the new season.

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