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SWIMMING: Alia Atkinson breaks national 50-metre breaststroke record

Published:Thursday | December 4, 2014 | 12:05 PM
Alia Atkinson - File

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson shattered her own national record to win the silver medal in the women’s 50-metre breaststroke final at the 2014 FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha today.

The 25-year-old Olympian clocked 28.91 seconds to improve on her previous national record of 28.94 seconds.

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte beat Atkinson to win the gold medal.

Meilutyte dropped a 28.84 in finals for the win, just off her meet record of 28.81 from semis and Jessica Hardy’s world record of 28.80.

The Netherlands’ Moniek Nijhuis captured bronze in 29.64 as the battle for gold truly was a two-woman race.


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