SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Second Gold At FINA/Airweave World Cup; Next Up Beijing On Tuesday

By Sharon Robb

September 26, 2015—Alia Atkinson continued her winning streak at the FINA/Airweave World Cup in Hong Kong.

Atkinson, 26, a three-time Jamaican Olympian and longtime South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.90 at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool. She went 30.76 in prelims.

It was her second gold medal of the meet after winning the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.91. She pocketed another $1,500 for first.

In other events, Atkinson was sixth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:25.62 but scratched from the final. She was 12th in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.02 and failed to qualify for the final.

Atkinson is fourth in prize money ($4,000) behind Katinka Hosszu ($79,000), Emily Seebohm ($46,500) and Zsuzsanna Jakobos ($17,500). Hosszu pocketed $13,500 in Hong Kong.

Atkinson is ranked fourth in the world in her signature event in 1:06.21. Atkinson is training through the meet.

Australia’s Dan Smith and Japan’s Masato Sakai and Yuki Shirai finished tied with $3,500 to lead the men’s prize money list after Hong Kong.

Defending World Cup series champions Hosszu and South African Cameron van der Burgh remain in the lead for the overall money series.

Second day action was similar to the opening day with a handful of stars dominating a weak field of international swimmers.

And for the second day, Hosszu dominated the meet. She won eight gold medals and ten overall (silver, bronze).

Among other Saturday championship finals:

Van der Burgh won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.23.

Aussie Cate Campbell won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.60 against a field that featured Hosszu and Americans Missy Franklin and Madison Kennedy.

Dan Smith of Australia won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.81.

Viacheslav Prudnikov of Russia and Aussie Nic Brown tied for first in the 100-meter butterfly in 53.64.

Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.69.

Hosszu won the 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley.

Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.15.

The second cluster of the 2015 FINA/Airweave World Cup is now headed to Beijing for action on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The cluster winds up on Oct. 3-4 in Singapore where SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson, Carolina Colorado and Coach Chris Anderson will remain to participate in an Oct. 5-10 training camp with Swimming Singapore national team high performance coach and former Bolles coach Sergio Lopez.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics to attract a larger entry of star swimmers. Several world-class swimmers opted not to compete.

Prelims are 9:30 p.m. and finals at 6 a.m. EST. The World Cup action is being live-streamed for free on FINATV.

St. Augustine’s Anh Vien of Vietnam is not competing in the third cluster, opting instead to compete in the eighth Asian Age Group Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 1-4. The 19-year-old will also compete in the Oct. 7-10 Military World Games before returning to the World Cup Series in Tokyo on Oct. 28.

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