WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

August 11, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson wrapped up a successful FINA World Cup appearance Sunday in Berlin, Germany.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian added another gold medal and bronze medals and re-broke two of her national records on the final day of competition against some of the world’s top swimmers.

Less than 24 hours after taking a silver in the 100-meter breaststroke, Atkinson, 24, roared back with a gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.31, with a 0.61 reaction time off the blocks. She was the only swimmer in finals to finish under 30 seconds. She was the fastest morning qualifier in a national record 29.21 with an 0.62 reaction time.

Atkinson re-broke her national record (29.42) she had set at the Eindhoven Netherlands World Cup.

Atkinson, the fifth seed (1:00.30) in the 100-meter individual medley, managed to take a bronze with her third-place finish in another national record 58.77, just getting out-touched for second by 1/100th of a second.

In morning prelims of the 100 IM, Atkinson split 28.44 and in finals she split 28.35 going out which both would have been a world record in the 50-meter breaststroke (the world record and world cup record is 28.80 by Jessica Hardy during the shiny suit era). She came home in 31.00. In finals, she came home in 30.42 after being sixth after the first 50.

Atkinson picked up another $2000 for her two finishes to total $6,500 in World Cup prize money earnings.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu continued her amazing World Cup run with three more gold medals including breaking her own world record during the 100 IM prelims and breaking a world record in the 400 IM. She also won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.36.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia broke her second world record in the 400-meter freestyle a day after becoming the first woman to break 8 minutes in the 800 freestyle. She won the 400 in 3:54.82 breaking the previous record of 3:54.85.

The FINA World Cup will not take a break until October 12-13 when the series resumes in Moscow. The remaining schedule is Oct. 17-18, Dubai; Oct. 20-21, Doha; Nov. 5-6, Singapore; Nov. 9-10, Tokyo; and Nov. 13-14 in Beijing.

Other winners were:

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:30.74.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 100-meter freestyle in 51.28.

Yannick Agnel of France won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.26.

Fabio Scozzoli of Italy out-touched Daniel Gyurta of Hungary to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 56.58.

American Tom Shields won the 100-meter butterfly in 49.01.

Japan’s Aya Terakawa won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.10.

Aussie sprinter Bobby Hurley won the 50-meter backstroke in 23.20.

Aussie Kenneth To out-touched South Africa’s Chad Le Close in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:52.01.

South African Roland Schoeman won the 50-meter freestyle in 20.86.

Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen won the 200-meter breaststroke in a best time 2:15.93 in only a six-swimmer final.

Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:47.63, first time he broke 1:48.

After Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray was disqualified, Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.62.

The Netherlands won the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:30.33.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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