SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Gold, Bronze On Final Day Of FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup In Singapore

By Sharon Robb

October 4, 2015—The skies cleared and haze burned off just in time for South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson to pick up another gold medal on the final day of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Sunday in Singapore.

After races were cancelled on Saturday because of dangerous PSI levels, the three-time Jamaican Olympian won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.74. She also tied for third in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.78. She just missed a medal in the 200-meter breaststroke placing fourth in 2:35.76.

SOFLO teammate and two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado was fifth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.51 and tenth in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.96.

It was the fifth stop of the eight-leg World Cup Series and final stop of Cluster 2 which also featured stops in Hong Kong and Beijing. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and South African Cameron Van der Burgh were the winners of Cluster 2 and won an extra $50,000 in prize money.

In other Sunday races:

Aussie reigning world champion Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in her eighth sub-59 time this year, winning in 58.72. Seebohm is one shy of 20 career sub-59s. Hosszu was second in 1:00.07 and four-time U.S. Olympic champion Missy Franklin was third in 1:00.73.

Hosszu won medals in all five of her races including gold medals in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:37.30 and 400-meter freestyle in 4:12.00.

In the battle of the sisters, Cate Campbell won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.09 ahead of Bronte Campbell in 53.58. Hosszu was third in 54.23.

South African Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.38 ahead of Kevin Cordes in 1:00.81. Cordes is currently training in Singapore.

Australia’s Ashley Delaney won the men’s 50-meter backstroke in 25.30 and was second in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:58.66.

Japan’s Yuki Shirai won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.96.

American Micah Lawrence won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:25.89.

Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.47.

Aussie Daniel Smith won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.15.

Masato Sakai of Japan won the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 53.53.

Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.84.

Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.65.

Russian Semen Makovich won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.76

Atkinson and Colorado will remain in Singapore to participate in an Oct. 5-10 indoor training camp with Swimming Singapore national team high performance coach and former Bolles coach Sergio Lopez.

The World Cup resumes with Cluster 3 in Tokyo on Oct. 28-29 followed by Doha and Dubai in November.

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