SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Strikes Gold Again In Beijing

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Strikes Gold Again In Beijing



November 13, 2013

With no challengers including Russian Yulia Efimova to race her, Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club dominated the field in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke Wednesday on the opening day of the FINA World Cup Series in Beijing, China.

Atkinson, 24, returned to the 2008 Olympic pool and won her signature event in 1:03.81, finishing almost two seconds ahead of the field. Her best time in the event during the series has been 1:02.91. Britain’s Sophie Allen was second in 1:05.74.

On Thursday, the three-time Jamaican Olympian will compete in the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter individual medley to wind up her most impressive international swing. Beijing is the last stop of the eight-leg FINA World Cup series.

Atkinson, competing for the first time in every meet in the series, is having some of the best showings of her career and is having a breakout on the World Cup circuit.

Last week she broke her own national record in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.94, bettering her previous best of 29.21. She also won gold in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.48 and took a bronze in the 100-yard individual medley in 58.42.

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