WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
October 21, 2013
Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club had her biggest payday in swimming after finishing the FINA World Cup Series in Doha, Qatar.
After picking up a silver medal in the 50-meter breaststroke and $1,000 for second place on Monday, the three-time Olympian for Jamaica was awarded an additional $30,000 in prize money for finishing third with 117 points after the final stop of the second cluster (Moscow, Dubai, Doha) of the series.
Atkinson, 24, earned 21 points in Moscow, 57 in Dubai and 39 in Doha.
A total of $306,000 was awarded to the top six male and female swimmers from the three meets.
Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary were top finishers, each winning $50,000.
On Monday, Atkinson was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.25. Despite having the fastest reaction time off the blocks (0.60), she was out-touched by Russian world champion Yulia Efimova at the wall in 29.22.
Atkinson was also ninth in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:01.02 on Monday.
Atkinson finished the Doha meet with one gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
Atkinson is expected to return home on Wednesday morning with her SOFLO coach Chris Anderson.
In other Monday performances:
France broke the eight-day old mixed 4×50-meter medley world record in 1:39.54 and 4×50-meter freestyle relay world record in 1:31.14 set by Japan in Dubai.
Men’s 100-meter butterfly: American Tom Shield broke an American record in 48.80, breaking his own record of 49.01 he set in Berlin.
Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: South African Myles Brown caught Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, winner of three distance races this season, in the final 50 meters to win in 14:36.19. Paltrinieri faded to third in 14:39.18.
Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won her first gold of the night in 4:28.91.
Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won in 52.29 ahead of her teammate Femke Heemskerk in 52.71.
Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski came on in the final two laps to win in 1:44.00 ahead of early leader Bobby Hurley who finished second by 1/100th of a second in 1:44.10 ahead of Myles Brown in 1:44.11.
Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Russian Vlad Morozov won in 57.53.
Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Ukrainian Daryna Zevina held off Hosszu to win in 57.48 while Hosszu was second in 57.49.
Men’s 50-meter backstroke: Frenchman Jeremy Stravius won in 22.99.
Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Hosszu won her second gold of the night in 2:06.60.
Men’s 200-meter individual medley: After getting knocked off in the butterfly, Le Clos came back to win in the final 50 meters in 1:53.32.
Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Spain’s Melani Costa won the event for the third time on the series in 3:59.88.
Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Russian Vlad Morozov won in 21.03 and swept the sprint freestyle events for the second meet in a row.
Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: Japan’s Kanako Watanabe overpowered Yulia Efimova to win in 2:18.90.
Women’s 100-meter individual medley: After getting knocked off by Atkinson in Dubai, Hosszu came back to win in 58.43.
Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Radoslaw Kawecki won in 1:48.93, ahead of Shields who took the silver in 1:51.64.
Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray won in 25.06.
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