August 10, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson opened the second FINA World Cup in Berlin, Germany with a second place.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian, seeded first in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.97 after morning prelims, finished second in 1:04.45.

Atkinson, 24, went out in 29.89 and came back in 34.56. She won $1,000 for her second place finish bringing her two World Cup meet prize money earnings to $4,500. That ranks fourth among women and eighth overall in winnings.

Atkinson finished behind Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark in 1:03.74. Atkinson had beaten Pedersen at the World Short Course Championships in December and again this past week in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

On Sunday, Atkinson will swim the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter individual medley before returning home to South Florida. The finals are being streamed live on the FINA.org website.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia, coming off world championships, broke the world record and world cup record in the 800-meter freestyle in 7:59.34, earning $10,000 in bonus world record money.

So far, $223,000 has been awarded in prize money to swimmers.

Belmonte is the first woman to crack the 8-minute barrier. The previous world record was 8:01.06 set by Camille Muffat of France in November 2012. The world cup record was 8:01.22 by Lauren Boyle of New Zeland in August 2013.

Other winners were:

Japan’s Daiya Seto won the 400-meter individual medley in a world cup record 3:58.84. He broke his own record of 4:00.12 he set in October 2012.

Vlad Morozov of Russia won the 100-meter freestyle in 45.74 beating Aussie James Magnussen in 46.04 and 100-meter individual medley in 51.13.

Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:52.25 finishing ahead of Hungarian Katinka Hosszu in 1:52.32.

Roland Schoeman of South Africa won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.65 and 50-meter butterfly in 22.05.

Jeanette Ottesem Gray of Denmark won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.94.

Aussie Robert Hurley won the 100-meter backstroke in 50.01.

Japan’s Aya Terakawa won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.06.

South African Chad Le Clos won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:49.90.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:03.25.

Americans Tyler Clary (3:36.86) and Conor Dwyer (3:40.10) finished 1-2 in the 400-meter freestyle.

World and Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.72.

Daniel Gyurta of Hungary won the 200-meter breaststroke in a world cup record 2:01.37, breaking his own record of 2:01.44.

Daryna Zevina of Ukraine won the 200-meter backstroke in 2.00.81.

Australia won the mixed 4×50-meter medley relay in 1:40.95. Canada finished second and third with its two relays.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com