Atkinson third overall in FINA World Cup
Jamaica's Alia Atkinson, now third overall among female swimmers in the International Swimming Federation's FINA/Mastbank Swimming World Cup 2014, is expected to be in action this weekend as the seven-leg tour heads to Moscow, Russia.
Atkinson, following impressive wins in the 50 and 100 metres breaststroke events in Hong Kong, has amassed 159 points. She is, however, well behind leader, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary with 517. Inde Dekker of the Netherlands is second on 186 points.
The Jamaican swimmer was second overall in Hong Kong with 72 points, behind Hosszu's 162 and ahead of Dekker with 60.
In Hong Kong Atkinson won the 50m breaststroke in 29.35 seconds and the 100m in 1:03.23.
Hosszu had a dominant weekend during the third leg of the swimming World Cup, in Hong Kong. Out of the 17 individual events, the Hungarian swimmer got 10 gold medals, an unprecedented achievement in a single meet of this competition. Dekker won two events.
The men's overall competition is headed by Chad Le Clos of South Africa with 192 points. He is followed by American Thomas Shields on 168 and Hungary's Daniel Gyurta, 143.
After Russia the tour will move to Beijing, China (October 24-25), Tokyo, Japan (October 28-29), and Singapore (November 1-2).