By Sharon Robb
November 7, 2015—Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club won another gold medal on the final day of the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, the final stop on the series.
The 26-year-old Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in a season-best 30.26, just off her Jamaican national record of 30.17. Atkinson was also third in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.95.
Atkinson finished the third cluster with $37,000 including a $30,000 bonus for third place in points behind Katinka Hosszu ($50,000) and Emily Seebohm ($35,000). She finished the series with $60,250 in prize money.
Hosszu of Hungary and South African Cameron van der Burgh each picked up $100,000 in bonus checks as the series leading points winners. Hosszu finished with 669 points and $325,000 and Van der Burgh with 369 $262,000 in total prize money. It was Hosszu’s fifth consecutive World Cup title.
In other championship finals:
Melanie Wright of Australia won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.79. Hosszu was second in 53.64.
Great Britain’s James Guy won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.60.
Van der Burgh won the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.05, knocking off favorite Adam Peaty of Britain who finished second in 59.28. Van der Burgh is the first male swimmer to sweep the 50 and 100 breaststroke events in the World Cup Series in the same year.
South African Chad Le Clos won the 100-meter butterfly in a season-best 51.09. American Tom Shields was second in 51.90.
Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in 58.51 to win her tenth gold medal in the event on the series. Hosszu took another silver in 59.15.
American David Plummer won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.64.
Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.77.
Japan’s Keita Sunama won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:00.72.
Lauren Boyle of New Zealand overtook early leader Hosszu to win in 4:04.26. Hosszu as second in 4:06.97.
Brazilians Bruno Fratus won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.05 ahead of Le Clos in 22.22. American Anthon Ervin was third in 22.40.
Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.87.
Aussie Mitch Larkin won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.17, lowering his national, Commonwealth and Oceanic records by 2/10ths of a second.
American Felicia Lee won the 50-meter butterfly in 26.69.
Czech swimmer Jan Micka won the 1500-meter freestyle in a national record 15:02.08. Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine was a close second in 15:03.68.
Hosszu finished the World Cup event with another gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.88, fastest time in the world this year.
A field of 450 swimmers from 56 countries competed on the final stop.
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