SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Silver On Day One Of FINA Champions Swim Series, Pockets $8,000


By Sharon Robb

BEIJING, China, January 18, 2020—Alia Atkinson, leading for most of the race, was out-touched by American Molly Hannis on Day One of the FINA Champions Swim Series 2020 on Saturday.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s four-time Jamaican Olympian was leading the 50-meter breaststroke when Hannis made up ground in the final 10 meters to win in 30.34. Hannis won $10,000.

Atkinson was second in 30.44, winning $8,000. Atkinson has now won $20,000 in two meets. She won $12,000 for two third places in Shenzhen.

Italian Maria Carraro was third in 30.79 pocketing $6,000. Carraro was also third in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:28.80.

China won five gold medals including three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:45.55.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.95. She was fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.20. Hosszu, 30, was recently named Hungary Sportswoman of the Year for a record seventh time. Hosszu accepted her award via a recorded message since she is in China this week competing at the FINA Champions Series.

Hosszu is the leading money winner so far on the FINA Champions Swim Series with $43,000 after the two-day opener in Shenzhen.

The two-day meet continues on Sunday. Atkinson will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke, seeded in 1:07.76. Only four swimmers are in each event.

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Track superstars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tajay Gayle were named RJRGleaner Sports Foundation Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at a gala ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston Friday night. Atkinson was among six other nominees. Shericka Jackson was women’s runnerup.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Gets Second Bronze On Day Two Of 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series


By Sharon Robb

SHENZHEN, China, January 15, 2020–Alia Atkinson took home a second bronze medal Wednesday in the season-opening 2020 FINA Champions Swim Series at Shenzhen Universiade Center Swimming Natatorium.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian and short course world record holder finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.15. She was seeded in 1:07.06 among a field of four swimmers.

Italy’s national record holder Martina Carraro won her second breaststroke gold in 1:06.85 and China’s Yu Jingyao was second in 1:07.59 on the second and final day of the series’ first stop.

On Tuesday, Atkinson was third in the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.63 behind Italy’s Martina Carraro in 30.38 and American Molly Hannis in 30.49.

Atkinson won $12,000 for two third places.

It was the first leg of the series with the second stop coming up on Jan. 18-19 in Beijing. The meet featured only 70 swimmers (41 men and 29 women). Almost $2 million in prize money is up for grabs at the two stops.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Another Gold At FINA/Airweave World Cup In Beijing


By Sharon Robb

September 30, 2015—Alia Atkinson won her sixth World Cup gold medal this year on Wednesday in the FINA/Airweave World Cup at the Beijing National Aquatics Center.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 50-meter breaststroke in 30.65 against a weak field. Atkinson has won 12 gold medals including 10 in her last 11 swims.

Atkinson was also fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:32.96 after qualifying sixth in 2:37.78. She was also eighth in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.59.

SOFLO teammate and two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado was sixth in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:02.50 after earning the fourth seed in 1:02.05. She was also 12th in the 50-meter butterfly in 27.99.

Atkinson and Colorado are training through the meet.

In other Wednesday races:

Aussie Cate Campbell won the 100-meter freestyle in 52.96 just .02 ahead of her sister Bronte Campbell. The pair were also one-two in the 50 freestyle.

Aussie Dan Smith won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.70.

South African Cameron van der Burgh won the 100-meter breaststroke, his eight World Cup medal this year, in 59.76.

Japan’s Masato Sakai won the 100-meter butterfly in 53.52.

Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in 58.59 finished ahead of Hungarian Katinka Hosszu in 1:00.26.

China’s Xu Jiayu won the 50-meter backstroke in 24.65.

Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.90.

Hungarian teammate David Verraszto won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.72 to sweep the IM events.

China’s Guo Junjun and Shao Yiwen went one-two in the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 4:08.46 and 4:10.19. Hosszu took the bronze in 4:10.22.

Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 22.27.

China’s Zhang Xinyu won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:27.17.

Yuki Shirai of Japan won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.98.

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.81.

Japan’s Masato Sakai led from start to finish with no challengers to win the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:29.46.

Hosszu finally won a gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:39.40. It was her 19th 400 IM World Cup title.

The cluster winds up on Saturday and Sunday in Singapore where Atkinson, Colorado and SOFLO Coach Chris Anderson will remain to participate in an Oct. 5-10 training camp with Swimming Singapore national team high performance coach and former Bolles coach Sergio Lopez.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics to attract a larger entry of star swimmers. Several world-class swimmers opted not to compete and turnout of swimmers has been disappointing.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Gold, Colorado Makes Final At FINA/Airweave World Cup In Beijing


By Sharon Robb

September 29, 2015—Alia Atkinson held off Jinglin Shi and Micah Lawrence by nearly a second to win another gold medal Tuesday in the FINA/Airweave World Cup at the Beijing National Aquatics Center.

The three-time Jamaican Olympian and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.39 ahead of the Chinese Olympic hopeful and hometown favorite in 1:08.25 and U.S. national team swimmer in 1:08.81.

Atkinson was also 28th in the 50-meter freestyle in 28.13.

SOFLO teammate and two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado was eighth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:22.26; 10th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.33 and 16th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.88.

On Wednesday, Atkinson will swim the 50- and 200-meter breaststroke events and 50-meter butterfly. Colorado will swim the 100-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly.

Atkinson, ranked fourth in the world in the 100-meter breaststroke, and Colorado are training through the meet.

In other Tuesday races at the Water Cube, site of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games:

South African Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.03 and silver in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.95.

China swimmers on five gold medals on opening day. Li Zhuhao, 16, lowered the world junior men’s record in the 50-meter butterfly in 23.39. It is his third meet within two months after competing in the Kazan World Championships and China National Championships.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu continued her domination with a gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.44. She also took silvers in the 200- and 800-meter freestyles and 200-meter backstroke and bronze in the 50-meter backstroke.

Aussie sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell went one-two in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.30 and 24.53.

Three other Aussie won gold medals, Emily Seebohm in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.22; Dan Smith in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:51.45 and Ash Delaney in the 100-meter backstroke in 54.36.

In other events, Masato Saki of Japan won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:57.44; Jeanette Ottensen of Denmark won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.97; Katsumi Nakamura of Japan won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.60 and Hungarian David Verraszto won 400-meter individual medley in 4:16.36.

After Wednesday’s final day in Beijing, the cluster winds up on Saturday and Sunday in Singapore where Atkinson, Colorado and SOFLO Coach Chris Anderson will remain to participate in an Oct. 5-10 training camp with Swimming Singapore national team high performance coach and former Bolles coach Sergio Lopez.

The full eight-leg World Cup is being held in long course leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics in hopes of attracting a larger entry of star swimmers. Several world-class swimmers opted not to compete and turnout of swimmers has been disappointing.

Prelims are 9:30 p.m. and finals at 6 a.m. EST. The World Cup action is being live-streamed for free on FINAtv.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Gold, Bronze On Day Two Of FINA/MASTBANK World Cup In Beijing


By Sharon Robb

October 25, 2014—Three-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club added another gold and bronze to her medal haul Saturday at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Beijing, China.

Atkinson, 25, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.15, just 0.03 seconds off her season-best, and came from behind to finish third in the 100-meter individual medley in 59.05 and picked up $2,000. Her 50-meter breaststroke race was ranked the second best performance among women earning her 18 bonus points.

On Friday, Atkinson won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.11 and picked up 12 points and $1500 for the win.

Atkinson is fourth on the points and prize money list with 207 points and $46,500 in prize money earnings. She earned $3,500 in Beijing.

Atkinson will now head to Tokyo for the Oct. 28-29 where she will be joined by her longtime SOFLO coach Chris Anderson.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu continues to take center stage on the World Cup Series. She has won $215,000 in prize money, picking up $11,000 in Beijing. South African Chad Le Clos leads the men’s prize money list with $131,500.

Hosszu, who won seven events at the Beijing stop, made more history by surpassing Slovakian Martina Moravcova for the most World Cup event wins of all-time. Moravcova attended SMU and trained in Fort Lauderdale with the now-defunct FLST.

Moravcova retired with 105 wins and two overall series titles. Hosszu, at age 25, now has 110 wins.

Aussie Mitch Larkin broke the national record in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:48.69, breaking the previous mark of 1:49.62 set in 2009. Larkin swam career-bests in all three backstroke events.

In other final events:

Men’s 1500-meter freestyle: Hungarian Gergley Gyurta, after finishing second in the 400-meter individual medley, won the distance event in 14:38.27.

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Hosszu won her fifth gold medal of the meet in 4:25.66. Florida alum Elizabeth Beisel, making her World Cup debut, was fourth.

Women’s 100-meter freestyle: Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won in 52.72.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: South African Myles Brown won in 1:44.12 just ahead of German Paul Biedermann in 1:44.48.

Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Daniel Gyurta of Hungary won in 57.25.

Men’s 100-meter butterfly: German Steffan Deibler won in 49.96, the only swimmer to break 50 seconds.

Women’s 100-meter backstroke: Hosszu won her sixth medal in 56.73, winning by more than a second.

Men’s 50-meter backstroke: China’s Jiayu Xu won in 23.29 ahead of Aussie Mitch Larkin and American Eugene Godsoe.

Women’s 200-meter butterfly: China’s Li Shuang won in 2:04.34 to top an impressive field that included Hosszu who finished fourth.

Men’s 200-meter individual medley: In an all-Asian field, Daiya Seto of Japan won in 1:54.21.

Women’s 400-meter freestyle: Teenager Cao Yue of China won in 4:00.72 upsetting world record holder Mireia Belmonte of Spain who finished in 4:01.08.

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: South African Chad Le Clos won in 21.28. George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago finished out of the medal hunt placing fourth in 21.40.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: Aussie Sally Hunter led from start to finish to win in 2:19.26.

Women’s 100-meter individual medley: Hosszu won her seventh and final medal of the night in 58.11 ahead of China’s Shiwen Ye in 58.36.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Aussie Mitch Larkin won in 1:48.69.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker won in 24.97 and Hosszu was eighth in 27.51.

Men’s 4×50-meter freestyle relay: China won in 1:31.69 ahead of Russia in 1:41.66.

This is the fifth leg of the tour that started in Doha and Dubai in August. The final two stops are Tokyo, Japan (Oct. 28-29) and Singapore (Nov. 1-2).

The Beijing meet attracted 300 swimmers from 32 countries. Swimmers race for $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. There is also a $10,000 bonus offered for a world record performance swim.

The stakes are high with $300,000 in prize money offered to the sixth highest ranked men and women swimmers. After the Singapore leg, the men’s and women’s World Cup winners will earn $100,000, second place $50,000 and third place $30,000.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Strikes Gold Again In Beijing

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Strikes Gold Again In Beijing


BY SHARON ROBB

November 13, 2013

With no challengers including Russian Yulia Efimova to race her, Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club dominated the field in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke Wednesday on the opening day of the FINA World Cup Series in Beijing, China.

Atkinson, 24, returned to the 2008 Olympic pool and won her signature event in 1:03.81, finishing almost two seconds ahead of the field. Her best time in the event during the series has been 1:02.91. Britain’s Sophie Allen was second in 1:05.74.

On Thursday, the three-time Jamaican Olympian will compete in the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter individual medley to wind up her most impressive international swing. Beijing is the last stop of the eight-leg FINA World Cup series.

Atkinson, competing for the first time in every meet in the series, is having some of the best showings of her career and is having a breakout on the World Cup circuit.

Last week she broke her own national record in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.94, bettering her previous best of 29.21. She also won gold in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.48 and took a bronze in the 100-yard individual medley in 58.42.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com