October 12, 2013

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson got her first medal of the FINA World Cup Series on Saturday in Moscow.

Swimming in Lane 5, the three-time Olympian for Jamaica finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.64, off her national record. She earned $500.

Atkinson was part of the women’s field that saw the world record broken in the event.

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte, 16, based in Great Britian, broke the world and meet record in 1:02.36. She had a 0.59 reaction time off the start, went out in 29.56 and came back in 32.80, shaving 0.34 off the world record.

Meilutyte broke Rebecca Soni’s December, 2009 world record of 1:02.70 and the meet record of 1:03 set by Aussie Leisel Jones in November, 2009. She earned $10,000 for the world record plus $1,500 for first.

Atkinson’s split was 30.51, third at the turn behind Meilutyte and Yuliya Efimova of Russia, who took the silver in 1:03.53.

Atkinson was seeded second going into the final in 1:05.92 behind Efimova in 1:05.17. Meilutyte was seeded third in 1:06.03

Atkinson also finished fourth in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.76 and may have medaled had it not been for her finish into the wall.

For Sunday’s 50-meter breaststroke, Atkinson is seeded first in 29.21 and in the 100-meter individual medley seeded first in the second of three heats in 58.77.

In other Saturday races:

Women’s 800-meter freestyle: Spain’s world record holder Mireira Belmonte won in 8:19.55. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu made the first of six podium appearances after finishing second in 8:22.17.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Hungary’s David Verrastzo won by three seconds in 4:06.92.

Men’s 100-meter freestyle: Russian Vlad Morozov won in 45.68.

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won in 1:53.76. Hosszu won her second silver in 1:54.15.

Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: Four-time Olympian Roland Schoeman of South Africa won in 25.83, the best time in the world this year.

Women’s 100-meter butterfly: Sjostrom came back to win her second event of the night in 57.04.

Men’s 100-meter backstroke: Aussie Bobby Hurley won the event in 50.32.

Women’s 50-meter backstroke: Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine won in 27.12.

Men’s 200-meter butterfly: South African Chad le Clos won in 1:49.83. Tom Shields, the only American in Moscow, was second in 1:51.98.

Women’s 200-meter individual medley: Hosszu won her first event of the meet in 2:06.86.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: Myles Brown of South Africa won in 3:41.79.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Sjostrom won her third event of the night in 24.20 to earn $4,500 for three swims.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: Viatcheslav Sinkevich of Russia won in 2:05.61.

Men’s 100-meter individual medley: Morozov won his second event in 51.61.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine won in 2:02.95.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: Schoeman knocked off Le Clos to win in 22.36.

Mixed 200-meter mixed medley relay: Russia won in a world record 1:41.70 with Sergey Makov, Andrey Grechin, Daria Tcvetkova and Ekaterina Borovikova.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com