SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes Silver, Morozov Breaks World Record On Day One Of Berlin FINA World Cup


By Sharon Robb

August 30, 2016—American Katie Meili knocked off Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club to win the 100-meter breaststroke on the opening day of the FINA World Cup Series stop in Berlin, Germany.

The four-time Jamaican Olympian, fresh off tying her own short course world record in France, took the silver in 1:03.10. Meili dipped under 1:03 to win in 1:02.92. Russian Yulia Efimova took the bronze in 1:03.17.

Atkinson was also fourth in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:08.39 finishing behind Katinka Hosszu, Zsuzsanna Jakabos and Efimova.

Atkinson was sixth in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.02.

Russian Vladimir Morozov broke another world short course record in the 100-meter individual medley. He broke his own world record he set four days ago in 50.30, dropping from 50.60. His splits were 22.77 and 27.53.

Other opening day winners were:

Vladimir Morozov, Russia, 100-meter freestyle, 45.79.

Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 200-meter freestyle, 1:52.08.

Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa, 50-meter breaststroke, 25.75.

Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark, 100-meter butterfly, 55.86.

Stanislav Donetc, Russia, 100-meter backstroke, 50.06.

Emily Seebohm, Australia, 100-meter backstroke, 26.38.

Chad le Clos, South Africa, 200-meter butterfly, 1:49.33.

Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 200-meter individual medley, 2:05.57.

James Guy, Great Britain, 400-meter freestyle, 3:39.20.

Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark, 50-meter freestyle, 23.58.

Marco Koch, Germany, 200-meter breaststre, 2:01.92.

Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 200-meter backstroke, 2:00.52.

Chad le Clos, South Africa, 50-meter butterfly, 22.15.

Franziska Hentke, Germany, 800-meter freestyle, 8:22.83.

Philip Heintz, Germany, 400-meter individual medley, 4:02.84.

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