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Atkinson extends superb form

Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Alia Atkinson competing at the Rio Olympics.

Joint world-record holder Alia Atkinson continued her good post-Olympic form, copping a silver medal in the women's 100m breaststroke at the Federation Internationale de natation (FINA)/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday.

The Jamaican faced off with American rival Katie Meili and Russian Yulia Efimova. Atkinson, who trailed at the outset, was determined to stay in the hunt for a medal and finished second behind Meili, who clocked 1:02.92.

Atkinson earned silver in a time of 1:03.10 and Efimova took bronze in 1:03.17.

The Jamaican was, however, denied bronze in the 200m Individual Medley final by the fast-finishing Russian, Efimova, who got third in 2:06.93.

Atkinson swam a time of 2:08.93 to place fourth.

Gold medal went to Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in a time of 2:05.57.

In the last final in which she participated, Atkinson finished just outside of her national 50m freestyle record of 24.65, recorded in Hong Kong in 2014.


She stopped the clock in 25.02 seconds, the second-fastest time of her career, to place sixth. The gold medal went to Jeanette Ottesen in 23.58.

Only last weekend, the Jamaican overcame her recent eighth-place finish at the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by mining a gold medal in joint world-record equalling time at the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup.

Almost striking the same target twice, she matched her 100m breaststroke world record 1:02.36 last Friday in Paris, which she shares with Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte from a 2013 FINA World Cup stop in Moscow.

Atkinson also matched that mark one year later in Doha.