By Sharon Robb

November 3, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson bounced back after a slow start in Tokyo to win a gold medal Tuesday on the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series tour.

Atkinson, 26, a three-time Jamaican Olympian, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.55 and pocketed $1,500 in prize money at the Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar. It was the sixth fastest time of the year and her 32nd World Cup gold medal.

Atkinson also won silver in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.83 on opening day.

In other championship finals:

Aussie Melanie Wright won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.87. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was second in 54.40 and American Felicia Lee was third in 55.22, her second fastest time this year.

Brit James Guy won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.06.

South African Cameron Van der Burgh won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.68.

Chad Le Clos of South Africa won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.44, the only swimmer to turn in a sub-52. American Tom Shields was second in 52.10.

Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in 58.34, second fastest time of the year. Hosszu was second in 59.35.

American David Plummer and Aussie Mitch Larkin tied for first in the 50-meter backstroke in 24.70.

Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.47. American Cassidy Bayer was third in 2:09.98.

Japan’s Keita Sunama won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.48.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:06.48, her second distance medal of the meet.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus, making his World Cup meet debut, won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.28. American Anthon Ervin was second in 22.47.

Japan went one-two in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke with Rie Kaneto in 2:23.45 and Runa Imai in 2:24.24.

Aussie Mitch Larkin won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.80, his third fastest time of the year.

Switzerland’s Alexandra Sasha Touretski won gold in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.81.

In an exciting 1500-meter freestyle race, the top two finishers touched less than a second apart. Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine won in 15:07.06 and Damien Joly of France was second in 15:07.97.

Hosszu won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:36.39.

This is the third and final cluster that winds up in Dubai on Friday and Saturday. Prelims are 3 a.m. EST and finals 11 a.m. EST. The World Cup events are being live-streamed for free on FINATV.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The top three finishers in each event earn $1,500, $1,000 and $500. There is also a $10,000 payout for world records and cluster bonuses awarded from $50,000 to $5,000 among the top six.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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