By Sharon Robb

August 3, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won two more medals on the final day of the FINA/Airweave World Cup Series opener Thursday at JSC Olympisky Sports Complex in Moscow.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian, after skipping last month’s FINA World Aquatic Championships, finished the two-day meet with one gold medal and two bronze medals.

After winning gold on Day One in the 50-meter breaststroke for her 25th career win in the event,

Atkinson finished third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:20.63 after qualifying second in prelims in 2:22.07 and 100-meter butterfly in 57.56, after swimming 57.64, second fastest in prelims.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, 23, continued to be the star of the meet.

After breaking the world record in the 50-meter freestyle (23.10) Sjostrum took down the 100-meter freestyle in 50.77. The speedster now holds eight short and long course world records.

Sjostrum also won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.70.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu had no trouble winning the 200-meter individual medley by three seconds in 2:04.76. It was her third gold medal of the meet. Hosszu raced only one event because of the new rule that limits events.

Russia’s Vlad Morozov won the 100-meter individual medley in 51.04 and 50-meter freestyle in 20.93.

South African Cameron van der Burgh won the 100-meter breaststroke in 56.30.

Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:19.84.

Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:38.55.

Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:48.96.

Chad Le Clos of South Africa won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.31.

Miriea Belmonte of Spain won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:07.10, winning by more than 10 secnds.

Moscow was the first meet in which FINA World Cup’s new rules have been instituted. Olympic and World medalists are now allowed to bypass prelims and advance directly into finals. There is also a limit of four races per leg for swimmers. Prize money has been expanded to the top six finishers.

The series resumes on Sunday and Monday in Berlin followed by Eindhoven, Aug. 10-11.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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