By Sharon Robb
September 30, 2014—-Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson added another gold and bronze medal along with her first silver at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup Tuesday night in Hong Kong.
The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won her third straight 50-meter breaststroke title in 29.35, much slower than her times (29.12) in Doha and Dubai.
Atkinson, 25, was second in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:24.94 and also took third in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.28.
Atkinson finished the opening leg of the second cluster with two gold medals and two bronze medals. She also won the 100-meter breaststroke and was third in the 50-meter freestyle.
Atkinson picked up $6,000 in Hong Kong and now has $43,000 in prize money earnings to rank third on the FINA circuit.
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who won five more events on he second night, totaled $17,000 in Hong Kong and now has $142,000 overall.
While American Tom Shields made the most money among men in Hong Kong with $7,500 he is fourth on the money list. South African Chad le Clos won $6,000 and has $66,500 to lead the men’s list.
Hosszu, the most versatile swimmer on the circuit, won the 100 backstroke, 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle and 100 individual medley on the final night. Le Clos won the 100 butterfly in 48.56 and 50 freestyle in 21.17.
The Hong Kong meet had one of the weakest fields assembled. The next FINA World Cup stop is Moscow where Atkinson will not compete.
Other winners were:
Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Hungarian Gergely Gyurta won in 14:38.72. He was never challenged and led from start to finish.
Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Dutch sprinter Inge Dekker won the first of two events in 52.83.
Men’s 200-meter freestyle: Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes won in 1:43.59.
Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Hungarian Daniel Gyurta held off German Marco Koch to win in 57.35.
Men’s 50-meter backstroke: Aussie Ash Delaney won in 23.73.
Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Fraser-Holmes won his second event of the night in 1:53.58.
Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: Japan’s Rie Kaneto had no problem winning the gold in 2:19.55 for a five-second margin of victory.
Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Shields won in 1:51.88 ahead of Delaney in 1:52.87.
Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Dekker won her third straight fly title in 25.24, outsprinting Hosszu, second in 25.92.
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