By Sharon Robb
October 25, 2014—Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club added another gold and bronze to her medal haul Saturday at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Beijing, China.
Atkinson, 25, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.15, just 0.03 seconds off her season-best, and came from behind to finish third in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.05 and picked up $2,000. Her 50-meter breaststroke race was ranked the second best performance among women earning her 18 bonus points.
On Friday, Atkinson won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.11 and picked up 12 points and $1500 for the win.
Atkinson is fourth on the points and prize money list with 207 points and $46,500 in prize money earnings. She earned $3,500 in Beijing.
Atkinson will now head to Tokyo for the Oct. 28-29 where she will be joined by her longtime SOFLO coach Chris Anderson.
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu continues to take center stage on the World Cup Series. She has won $215,000 in prize money, picking up $11,000 in Beijing. South African Chad Le Clos leads the men’s prize money list with $131,500.
Hosszu, who won seven events at the Beijing stop, made more history by surpassing Slovakian Martina Moravcova for the most World Cup event wins of all-time. Moravcova attended SMU and trained in Fort Lauderdale with the now-defunct FLST.
Moravcova retired with 105 wins and two overall series titles. Hosszu, at age 25, now has 110 wins.
Aussie Mitch Larkin broke the national record in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:48.69, breaking the previous mark of 1:49.62 set in 2009. Larkin swam career-bests in all three backstroke events.
In other final events:
Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Hungarian Gergley Gyurta, after finishing second in the 400-meter individual medley, won the distance event in 14:38.27.
Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Hosszu won her fifth gold medal of the meet in 4:25.66. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel, making her World Cup debut, was fourth.
Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won in 52.72.
Men’s 200-meter freestyle: South African Myles Brown won in 1:44.12 just ahead of German Paul Biedermann in 1:44.48.
Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Daniel Gyurta of Hungary won in 57.25.
Men’s 100-meter butterfly: German Steffan Deibler won in 49.96, the only swimmer to break 50 seconds.
Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Hosszu won her sixth medal in 56.73, winning by more than a second.
Men’s 50-meter backstroke: China’s Jiayu Xu won in 23.29 ahead of Aussie Mitch Larkin and American Eugene Godsoe.
Women’s 200-meter butterfly: China’s Li Shuang won in 2:04.34 to top an impressive field that included Hosszu who finished fourth.
Men’s 200-meter individual medley: In an all-Asian field, Daiya Seto of Japan won in 1:54.21.
Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Teenager Cao Yue of China won in 4:00.72 upsetting world record holder Mireia Belmonte of Spain who finished in 4:01.08.
Men’s 50-meter freestyle: South African Chad Le Clos won in 21.28. George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago finished out of the medal hunt placing fourth in 21.40.
Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: Aussie Sally Hunter led from start to finish to win in 2:19.26.
Women’s 100-meter individual medley: Hosszu won her seventh and final medal of the night in 58.11 ahead of China’s Shiwen Ye in 58.36.
Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Aussie Mitch Larkin won in 1:48.69.
Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker won in 24.97 and Hosszu was eighth in 27.51.
Men’s 4×50-meter freestyle relay: China won in 1:31.69 ahead of Russia in 1:41.66.
This is the fifth leg of the tour that started in Doha and Dubai in August. The final two stops are Tokyo, Japan (Oct. 28-29) and Singapore (Nov. 1-2).
The Beijing meet attracted 300 swimmers from 32 countries. Swimmers race for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. There is also a $10,000 bonus offered for a world record performance swim.
The stakes are high with $300,000 in prize money offered to the sixth highest ranked men and women swimmers. After the Singapore leg, the men’s and women’s World Cup winners will earn $100,000, second place $50,000 and third place $30,000.
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