Atkinson Wins Second Gold On Final Day Of FINA/Airweave World Cup Series In Chartres, France

By Sharon Robb

August 16, 2015—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club won her second gold medal Sunday at the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series second stop at the L’Odyssee Complex in Chartres, France.

Atkinson, 26, making her FINA World Cup Series debut, won the 50-meter breaststroke just out-touching American Katie Meili by .10 in 30.85, well off her third-ranked season best of 30.11 at world championships.

It was Atkinson’s 11th win in the 50-meter breaststroke on the FINA World Cup circuit. Atkinson last loss in the event was in 2014 to Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte in Tokyo.

Atkinson was also seventh in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.01. SOFLO teammate Claire Donahue was fourth in 26.74 and finished with $1,750 from her Moscow showing. Atkinson pocketed $3,000 for her two wins in Chartres. Atkinson did not compete in Moscow.

On Saturday, the three-time Jamaican Olympian won the 100-meter breaststroke, her signature event, in 1:07.03, a second off her fourth-ranked season-best of 1:06.21 at world championships.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu leads the women’s prize money list with $65,500. Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa leads the men’s prize money list with $56,000.

The overall points leaders: (MEN) Cameron van der Burgh, 96; Chad Le Clos, 81; Nic Fink, 54; (WOMEN) 1. Katinka Hosszu, 162; 2. Emily Seebohm, 111; 3. Katie Meili and Vitalina Simonova, 42.

Swimmers competed 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 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, Paris-Chartres, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Doha and Dubai.



100-meter freestyle: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 54.30, 2. Missy Franklin, USA 54.34, 3. Charlotte Bonnet, France 54.49.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club/Jamaica 30.85, 2. Katie Meili, USA 30.95, 3. Breeja Larson, ISA 31.06; FLORIDA: 5. Melanie Margalis, USA/St. Petersburg 31.48.

100-meter backstroke: 1. Emily Seebohm, Australia 58.91, 2. KAtinka Hosszu, Hungary 1:00.05, 3. Missy Franklin, USA 1:00.47; FLORIDA: 7. Carolina Colorado, Colombia/SOFLO 1:02.57.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Franziska Hentke, Germany 2:06.58, 2. Cammile Adams, USA 2:06.73, 3. Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Hungary 2:07.11.

400-meter freestyle: 1. Lindsay Vrooman, USA 4:07.16, 2. Lauren Boyle, New Zealand 4:07.80, 3. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:09.31.

200-meter breaststroke: 1. Vitilina, Ussia 2:25.26, 2. Breeja Larson, USA 2:26.36, 3. Lisa Zaiser, Austria 2:30.16.

50-meter butterfly: 1. Beryl Gastaldello, France 26.35, 2. Marie Wattel, France 26.46, 3. Sasha Touretski, Switzerland 26.60; FLORIDA: 4. Claire Donahue, USA/SOFLO 26.74, 7. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica/SOFLO 27.01.

400-meter individual medley: 1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary 4:35.80, 2. Zsuzsanna, Hungary 4:37.63, 3. Vien Nguyen, Vietnam/St. Augustine 4:42.53.


200-meter freestyle: 1. Daniel Smith, Australia 1:46.50, 2. Devon Brown, South Africa 1:47.55, 3. Jeremy Stravius, France 1:48.11.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Cameron Van Der Burgh, South Africa 58.97, 2. Nic Fink, USA 1:00.00, 3. Cody Miller, USA 1:00.21.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Chad Le Clos, South Africa 51.04, 2. Tom Shields, USA 51.27, 3. Tim Phillips, USA 52.10.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Camille Lacourt, France 24.75, 2. Pavel Sankovich, Belarus/FSU 25.17; 3. Zheng Wen Quah, Singapore 25.22.

200-meter individual medley: 1. Hiromasa Fujimori, Japan 1:59.39, 2. Ganesh Pedurand, France 2:01.73, 3. David Verraszto, Hungary 2:02.92.

50-meter freestyle: 1. Josh Schneider, USA 22.11, 2. Clement Mignon, France 22.40, 3. Tommaso D’Orsogna, Australia 22.44.

200-meter backstroke: 1. Chad Le Closs, South Africa 1:57.81, 2. Keita Sunama, Japan 1:58.57, 3. Ashley Delaney, Australia 1:59.24.

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy 15:04.98, 2. Jan Micka, Czechoslavakia 15:07.75, 3. Damien Joly, France 15:08.07.

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