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Atkinson adds bronze, continues gold hunt tonight

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Leading Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson will continue her hunt for a gold medal at the 2016 FINA World Short Course Championships in Windsor, Canada in the tonight's 100m breaststroke final after winning bronze in the 100m Individual Medley last night.

Atkinson qualified for tonight's 8:06 p.m. final after a third place finish in a loaded semi-final, which also included Lilly King - the Olympic champion, who is riding a wave of confidence after adding the 50m title to her credit on Wednesday. Also turning up for the semi was another top American, Molly Hannis.

The Jamaican will have her work cut out for her with King being the fastest swimmer heading into the medal round with her 1:04.06 clocking bettering the efforts of Hannis, 1:04.50 and Atkinson, the world record holder, whose 1:04.72 came shortly after contesting the 100m Individual Medley final.

In the 100m individual medley, Atkinson, who went into the final with the second-fastest time after clocking a nippy 58.54 seconds at the semi-final stage, could not keep up with world and championships record holder Katinka Hosszu from Hungary, who stated her intentions from the get-go with a 57.53 swim in the build-up to the finale.

Hosszu was even faster in the final, leaving nothing to chance with a 57.25 swim, which gave her a comfortable win over Australia's Emily Seebohm, 57.97 and Atkinson, who clocked 58.04 for another 932 FINA points.

Atkinson on Wednesday won silver in the 50m breaststroke after clocking 29.11 to finish behind American Lilly King, who touched the wall in 28.92 seconds.