By Sharon Robb
August 14, 2015—Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson will join the FINA World Cup Series second stop on Saturday in L’Odyssee, Chartres, France.
The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer skipped the opening stop in Moscow to shoot a Speedo catalog in Europe.
The photo shoot in Montenegro was part of Atkinson’s contractual obligations to Speedo, who she signed with earlier in the year.
Atkinson posted a photo on her Instagram page with the caption: “Who would have thought that a little girl from Jamaica could make it this big.”
Atkinson is coming off her silver and bronze medal performances at the recent XVI FINA World Aquatic Championships.
Atkinson will be joined by SOFLO teammates Claire Donahue, who took a gold medal and bronze medal in Moscow, and Carolina Colorado and Jorge Murillo of Colombia. Atkinson was a big money winner in last year’s FINA World Cup Series.
The two-day meet is 90 kilometers outside of Paris, France in Chartres.
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu leads the women’s points standings with $7,500 and 75 points after the opening cluster.
South African Cameron van der Burgh leads the men’s standings with $3,000 and 48 points.
A total of $96,000 in prize money will be offered at the Paris-Chartres stop, the final meet of the first cluster. An additional $150,000 will be distributed among the top six male and female performers.
Swimmers are competing for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third in addition to a $10,000 bonus check for a world record performance. A prize purse of $92,000 is being offered at each FINA stop.
The FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup comprises eight legs distributed over three clusters with eight different events held separately in Moscow, Chartres, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Doha and Dubai.
The event has attracted 250 swimmers in 32 events.
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