SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Another Gold At FINA/Airweave World Cup In Beijing

By Sharon Robb

September 30, 2015—Alia Atkinson won her sixth World Cup gold medal this year on Wednesday 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 50-meter breaststroke in 30.65 against a weak field. Atkinson has won 12 gold medals including 10 in her last 11 swims.

Atkinson was also fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:32.96 after qualifying sixth in 2:37.78. She was also eighth in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.59.

SOFLO teammate and two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado was sixth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.50 after earning the fourth seed in 1:02.05. She was also 12th in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.99.

Atkinson and Colorado are training through the meet.

In other Wednesday races:

Aussie Cate Campbell won the 100-meter freestyle in 52.96 just .02 ahead of her sister Bronte Campbell. The pair were also one-two in the 50 freestyle.

Aussie Dan Smith won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.70.

South African Cameron van der Burgh won the 100-meter breaststroke, his eight World Cup medal this year, in 59.76.

Japan’s Masato Sakai won the 100-meter butterfly in 53.52.

Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in 58.59 finished ahead of Hungarian Katinka Hosszu in 1:00.26.

China’s Xu Jiayu won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.65.

Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.90.

Hungarian teammate David Verraszto won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.72 to sweep the IM events.

China’s Guo Junjun and Shao Yiwen went one-two in the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 4:08.46 and 4:10.19. Hosszu took the bronze in 4:10.22.

Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 22.27.

China’s Zhang Xinyu won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:27.17.

Yuki Shirai of Japan won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.98.

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.81.

Japan’s Masato Sakai led from start to finish with no challengers to win the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:29.46.

Hosszu finally won a gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.40. It was her 19th 400 IM World Cup title.

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 to attract a larger entry of star swimmers. Several world-class swimmers opted not to compete and turnout of swimmers has been disappointing.

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