By Sharon Robb
December 10, 2016—After five days, Alia Atkinson of the South Florida Aquatic Club won her first gold medal Saturday at the 13th FINA Short Course World Championships at WFCU Centre in Windsor Ontario, Canada.
The heavy medal favorite in all her events, the four-time Jamaican Olympian won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.03, defending her title she won in 2014 and event she holds the world record in. Americans Lilly King (1:03.35) and Molly Hannis (1:03.89) also finished in the top three.
Atkinson also has a silver and bronze medal to go with her gold.
In other events:
Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu won her sixth gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:02.90, just 1.04 second shy of her world record.
Hosszu also took a silver in the 50-meter backstroke behind Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros, defending champion in 25.82.
South African Chad Le Clos earned his third gold medal with a win in the 50-meter butterfly in 21.98. American Tom Shields was second in 22.40.
Russia won another relay with Vladimir Morozov anchoring the 4×50-meter medley relay that won in 1:31.52.
Japan’s Daiya Seto became only the third swimmer in the history of the event to win three consecutive medals in the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 3:59.24.
Canadian Penny Oleksiak, 16, anchored her country’s winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:33.89.
American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago broke the national record in the 50-meter butterfly semifinals in 22.53. The previous record was 23.08 set by Joshua McLeod in 2014. Carter went on to finish seventh in 22.68.
Carter, who swims for the University of Southern California, ended up breaking four of five national records during the week in his world short course championship debut.
Sunday is the final day of competition with the women’s 200 freestyle relay, men’s 200-meter backstroke, women’s 200-meter breaststroke, men’s 400 medley relay and women’s 400 medley relay.
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