By Sharon Robb
August 6, 2017—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won the 200-meter breaststroke Sunday in the FINA World Cup Series second stop opener in Berlin.
The four-time Jamaican Olympian won in 2:18.96. Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen was second in 2:19.52 and Fanny Lecluyse of Belgium was second in 2:19.96 against a less than stellar field.
Atkinson, 28, was second seed (2:22.35) behind Pedersen (2:21.87) going into finals.
Atkinson was also 14th in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.45.
World Cup meet records in the men’s 100-meter freestyle and women’s 400-meter individual medley fell on Day One of the meet.
Russian Vladimir Morozov lowered the meet record and national record in the 100-meter freestyle in 45.23. His splits were 21.34 and 23.89. Chad Le Clos was second in 45.78, the first South African to crack 46 seconds. Le Clos came back and won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.32.
Hungarian Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu broke the meet record in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:19.82. She broke her own meet record of 4:20.83.
In other championship finals:
Kirill Prigoda of Russia out-touched South African Cameron Van Der Burgh to win the 100-meter breaststroke, 56.35-56.38.
Sarah Sjostrum of Sweden won the first of two events in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.57, one of only two swimmers to crack the 25-second barrier. She came back and won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.56. She leads the points money list with 109.
Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:48.20.
Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.15.
Italian Gabriele Detti won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:18.33.
Germany’s Philip Heintz won the 200-meter individual medley in front of hometown fans in 1:52.64.
The two-day meet continues on Monday.
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