SOFLO’s Atkinson Will Try Again For First Gold On Sunday At XXI Commonwealth Games

By Sharon Robb

April 7, 2018—Alia Atkinson has another shot at a gold medal Sunday at the XXI Commonwealth Games at newly-renovated Optus Aquatic Centre in Gold Coast Australia.

Atkinson, who took silver in the 50-meter breaststroke earlier in the week, qualified seventh for the 50-meter butterfly final in a lifetime best 26.84.

Australia took the top three qualifying spots with Madeline Groves, 25.54; Cate Campbell, 25.56; and Holly Barratt, 25.88.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer and four-time Jamaican Olympian will also compete in Sunday’s 100-meter breaststroke prelims, her third and final event and signature event.

In Day Four finals:

South African Chad Le Clos won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:54.00. He led from start to finish to break the Commonwealth Games record and win by nearly two seconds over Aussie David Morgan in 1:56.36.

Aussie Cate Campbell broke her own Commonwealth Games record in the 50-meter freestyle final in 23.78. It is her first international meet since her post-Olympic hiatus. Aussie Bronte Campbell and Taylor Ruck of Canada tied for the silver medal in 24.26.

England’s Adam Peaty won the 100-meter breaststroke in 58.84, just off his Games record. He did complete a four-year unbeaten run in the event since Glasgow in 2014. Brit teammate James Wilby was second in 59.43 and South African Cameron van der Burgh was third in 59.44.

Canadian Kylie Masse won the 100-meter backstroke in 58.63. Aussie Emily Seebohm was second in 58.66 and Ruck was third in 58.97.

South African Tatjana Schoenmaker won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.02. England’s Molly Renshaw was second in 2:23.28 and Chloe Tutton of Wales was third in 2:23.42.

Through April 15, more than 70 nations will compete. The Commonwealth Games have been held since 1930, open only to athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, including countries such as Australia, Canada, India and United Kingdom.

While there are only 52 countries in the Commonwealth of Nations, 70 countries compete in the Commonwealth Games.

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