Atkinson Wins Two More Gold, $120,000 In Prize Money At FINA/MASTBANK World Cup Series Final

By Sharon Robb

November 2, 2014—Alia Atkinson finished the FINA/MASTBANK World Cup Series in style Sunday in Singapore.

Atkinson, 25, a three-time Jamaican Olympian and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, won two more gold medals and took home $120,000, her biggest paycheck in swimming.

After winning the 100 breaststroke on Saturday, Atkinson finished with a sweep of the breaststroke events, winning the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.00, just missing another world record (28.90) and 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.83.

Atkinson and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte both turned it on toward the end of the World Cup series and tied for third with 321 points. But Atkinson officially won the tiebreaker with the highest finish in any of the cluster after taking second overall in the third cluster with 162 points.

By skipping the Moscow stop, she cost herself at least $20,000 more. However, her 24-point bonus for the top overall swim performance of the Singapore meet (1:02.54 in the 100-meter breaststroke), clinched it.

Atkinson finished second (162 points) on the Cluster 3 Bonus list and finished with 321 points in the final point standings for $30,000 in bonus money.

Hungarian Katinka (Iron Lady) Hosszu and South African Chad le Clos repeated as World Cup points champions, each winning $100,000 for winning the tour.

Hosszu finished with 994 points, nearly tripling the points of runner-up Inge Dekker of the Netherlands.

Le Clos finished with 474 points, a 130-point cushion over runner-up Daniel Gyurta of Hungary.

In other final events:

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Hungarian Gergely Gyurta won in a World Cup record time of 14:28.35 to knock off Canadian Ryan Cochrane, second in 14:35.97.

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Spain’s Mireia Belmonte won the first of three gold medals in 4:22.68 finishing ahead of Hosszu, second in 4:23.66. American Caitlin Leverenz was third in 4:26.80 finishing ahead of Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel, fourth in 4:27.41.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Aussie Emma McKeon on her first World Cup title of the season in 52.45.

Men’s 400-meter freestyle: South African Myles Brown won in 1:43.39.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Hungarian Daniel Gyurta won in 56.87 to complete his perfect seven-for-seven sweep of the event.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: Chad le Clos won in 48.74, just missing the world record by 3/10ths.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Katinka Hosszu picked up her first win of the night in 56.94.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: American Eugene Godsoe won in 23.21.

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Mireia Belmonte picked up her second gold in 2:04.57.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: Daiya Seto of Japan easily won in 1:54.14, a two-second margin of victory against a weak field.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Mireia Belmonte picked up her third and final gold of the night and fourth of the meet in 3:59.88. Beisel was second in 4:01.92 to pocket $1,000.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago won the sprint event in 21.37 against an impressive field. Bovell finished ahead of Sergei Fesikov, Steffen Diebler and Roland Schoeman.

Women’s 100-meter individual medley: Hosszu won in 58.40 and finished with a sweep of the event in the series.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Masaki Kaneko of Japan won his first race of the season in 1:50.24.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won in 25.13, capturing her first event sweep of her career.

Mixed 200-meter freestyle relay: Russia won in 1:33.88 followed by Singapore in second in 1:35.30 and the U.S., comprised entirely of juniors, was third in 1:36.59.

Beisel finished 12th on the money list with $7,500 and Bovell was 14th with $9,750.

Sharon Robb can be reached at