By Sharon Robb
JINAN, China, August 8, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson just missed a medal Thursday on opening day of the FINA Swimming World Cup.
The Jamaican four-time Olympian finished out of the medal hunt in the 200-meter breaststroke with a fourth place in 2:31.00. She was coming off a gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke in Tokyo.
In prelims, Atkinson was second fastest in prelims of the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.07 but faded to fourth in finals. Russian Vitalina Simonova put up the only sub-2:30 in prelims.
Simonova came back and won in a season-best 2:24.52, fifth fastest time in Russia. Yu Jingyao of China was second in 2:27.51 and He Yun of China was third in 2:28.13.
Atkinson chose not to compete in the Pan American Games which are currently under way in Lima, Peru.
China’s Liu Xiang of Team Speedo broke the world record in the 50-meter backstroke in 27.35.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:07.26.
“After the World Championships, we don’t have time to make adjustments, so I just carried through,” Hosszu said. “The World Cup is more relaxed than the World Championships. I think it is a fun way to just enjoy swimming for what it is and not what you have to do.
“You choose your events and see what you can do. We have more time to spend with other swimmers, we travel together and we have days off to walk around the city, it’s really fun.”
The second leg of the 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup runs from Aug. 8-10.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Cate Campbell (AUS), 24.16; 2. Michelle Coleman (SWE), 24.74; 3. Holly Barratt (AUS), 24.91.
400-meter freestyle: 1. Erica Sullivan (USA), 4:08.70; 2. Wenxin Bi (CHN), 4:10.23; 3. Jie Dong (CHN), 4:11.32.
50-meter backstroke: 1. Xiang Liu (CHN), 27.35; 2. Jie Chen (CHN), 27.88; 3. Emily Seebohm (AUS), 27.99.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Vitalina Simonova (RUS), 2:24.52; 2. Jingyao Yu (CHN), 2:27.51; 3. Yun He (CHN), 2:28.13.
200-meter butterfly: 1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:07.26; 2. Szuszsanna Jakabos (HUN), 2:07.75; 3. Yufei Zhang (CHN), 2:08.89.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 21.50; 2. Michael Andrew (USA), 22.16; 3. Hexin Yu (CHN), 22.31. Also: 5. Blake Pieroni (USA), 22.39.
400-meter freestyle: 1. Danas Rapsys (LTU), 3:43.91; 2. Xinjie Ji (CHN), 3:49.87; 3. Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 3:54.20. Also: 5. Brennan Gravely (USA), 3:59.13.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Mitch Larkin (AUS), 1:56.39; 2. Tristan Hollard (AUS), 1:57.94; 3. Jiayu Xu (CHN), 1:59.59.
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zibei Yan (CHN), 59.08; 2. tie, Lizhuo Wang (CHN) and Andrew Wilson (USA), 59.56.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN), 51.45; 2. Grant Irvine (AUS), 51.60; 3. Santo Condorelli (ITA), 52.00, 4. Michael Andrew (USA), 52.08.
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