By Sharon Robb
August 30, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Golden Girl will resume her medal quest Sunday at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.
Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will try and add to her medal haul during the second leg of the FINA/Mastbank World Cup.
Atkinson, winner of two gold medals in Doha earlier this week, will compete in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter individual medley.
In the series-opener, Atkinson won the 50- (29.12) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.79) events and pocketed $3,000 in prize money, $1,500 for each win. She also picked up bonus points and prize money for second best performance in the sprint breaststroke.
On Sunday, Atkinson is the top seed among a 14-swimmer field in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.91, more than 3 seconds ahead of Americans Laura Sogar and Breeja Larson. She is also seeded first in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.94, nearly 2 seconds ahead of Sogar. She is seeded second behind Hosszu in the 100-meter individual medley in 58.42.
Bolles’ Carolina Colorado of Colombia will also compete in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events. She won two bronze medals and $1,000 in Doha.
Heading the field is Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who broke three short course world records and a suitcase-full of medals of every color. She won ten medals including seven gold.
“I am excited to be back in Dubai,” the Iron Lady said. “I’m happy with how I went in Doha but I want to set more world records. I’m feeling good.
“I missed a couple of world records in Doha so I hope to get them here,” Hosszu said.
Others in the field are South African Chad le Clos, Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli and Gergo Kis of Hungary, Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad & Tobago.
It is the fourth time Dubai will host the World Cup Series. A field of 235 swimmers from 38 countries will compete over two days.
The Dubai stop is the second and last of Cluster One of the FINA World Cup three-cluster series.
In other World Cup news, the Guinness Book of World records recognized the United Arab Emirates Al Jasmi brothers, the night before the Dubai meet.
The four brothers Obaid, Saeed, Bakheet and Faisal, competed on the 400-meter freestyle relay together at the 2010 World Short Course Championships in Dubai, a first in swimming. It was the first time a full set of brothers competed on the same relay at a world championship.
The foursome finished 14th out of 15 teams in 3:35.72.
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