By Sharon Robb
August 26, 2016—Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club tied her world record Friday at the FINA World Cup Series opening day in Paris-Chartres, France.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian tied her 100-meter breaststroke short course record of 1:02.36 equalling her own and Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte’s world record.

Her splits were 29.33 and 33.03.

Meilutyte had first broken the world record at the 2013 World Cup and a year later Atkinson equaled it at the Doha World Cup.

Because she tied the record and did not break it, she will not collect the $10,000 world record bonus money. She did earn $1,500 in first place prize money, bonus cluster points and 10 bonus points towards her overall FINA World Cup total.

American Katie Meili was second in 1:03.52 and Russian Yulia Efimova was third in 1:04.14. American Breeja Larson was sixth in 1:06.25.

Atkinson, 27, was also seventh in the 50-meter backstroke in 28.10 in prelims and scratched finals. She was sixth in the 200-meter individual medley prelims in 2:16.96 and finished second in 2:07.89 behind Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in 2:06.64.

It was Atkinson’s first meet since her eighth place finish in the long course 100-meter breaststroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Russian Vladimir Morozov also broke a world record in the 100-meter individual medley in 50.60 and did win $10,000 in bonus money. The previous record was 50.66 set by German Markus Deibler in 2014. Morozov also won the 100-meter freestyle in 45.57.

Other winners:

Aussie Bobby Hurley, 100-meter backstroke, 50.51.

Aussie Emily Seebohm, 50-meter backstroke, 26.15.

Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina, 200-meter backstroke 1:59.35, meet record.

South African Cameron van der Burgh, 50-meter breaststroke 25.98; 200-meter breaststroke, 2:05.12.

Jordan Pothain of France, 400-meter freestyle, 3:40.56.

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen, 50-meter freestyle, 23.72.

Germany’s Franziska Hentke, 800-meter freestyle, 8:24.66.

It is the first leg of the nine-meet circuit hosted by the French Swimming Federation in a 25-meter pool. Only 115 swimmers (71 men, 44 women) are competing for $300,000 in overall prize money.

On Saturday, the second and final day Atkinson is entered in the 100 freestyle, 50 and 200 breaststroke, 100 individual medley and 50 butterfly. Prelims are 3:30 a.m. EST and finals 11 a.m. EST.

The first cluster of the FINA World Cup also features Berlin, Aug. 30-31 and Moscow Sept. 3-4.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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