By Sharon Robb
September 29, 2015—Alia Atkinson held off Jinglin Shi and Micah Lawrence by nearly a second to win another gold medal Tuesday in the FINA/Airweave World Cup at the Beijing National Aquatics Center.
The three-time Jamaican Olympian and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.39 ahead of the Chinese Olympic hopeful and hometown favorite in 1:08.25 and U.S. national team swimmer in 1:08.81.
Atkinson was also 28th in the 50-meter freestyle in 28.13.
SOFLO teammate and two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado was eighth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:22.26; 10th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.33 and 16th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.88.
On Wednesday, Atkinson will swim the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke events and 50-meter butterfly. Colorado will swim the 100-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly.
Atkinson, ranked fourth in the world in the 100-meter breaststroke, and Colorado are training through the meet.
In other Tuesday races at the Water Cube, site of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games:
South African Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.03 and silver in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.95.
China swimmers on five gold medals on opening day. Li Zhuhao, 16, lowered the world junior men’s record in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.39. It is his third meet within two months after competing in the Kazan World Championships and China National Championships.
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu continued her domination with a gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.44. She also took silvers in the 200- and 800-meter freestyles and 200-meter backstroke and bronze in the 50-meter backstroke.
Aussie sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell went one-two in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.30 and 24.53.
Three other Aussie won gold medals, Emily Seebohm in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.22; Dan Smith in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:51.45 and Ash Delaney in the 100-meter backstroke in 54.36.
In other events, Masato Saki of Japan won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:57.44; Jeanette Ottensen of Denmark won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.97; Katsumi Nakamura of Japan won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.60 and Hungarian David Verraszto won 400-meter individual medley in 4:16.36.
After Wednesday’s final day in Beijing, the cluster winds up on Saturday and Sunday in Singapore where Atkinson, Colorado and SOFLO 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 in hopes of attracting a larger entry of star swimmers. Several world-class swimmers opted not to compete and turnout of swimmers has been disappointing.
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.
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