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Atkinson wins gold in record time

Published:Tuesday | July 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica's Alia Atkinson winning the gold medal in the women's 200m breaststroke at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, on Sunday. Atkinson won the gold medal in a record two minutes, 30.99 seconds. - AP

MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico (CMC):

Jamaican Alia Atkinson headlined the evening session of the Central American and Caribbean Games on Sunday as she picked up gold in the women's 200 metres breaststroke in record time.

The 21-year-old, who contested the event at the Beijing Olympics two years ago, clocked two minutes, 30.99 seconds to win the event, bettering the previous record she set earlier in the heats by almost three seconds.

She finished ahead of the Mexican pair of Byanca Rodriguez (2:35.82) and Arantxa Medina (2:36.67) who finished second and third, respectively.

Jamaica won a second medal in the pool when Dominic Walter clocked 17:11.60 for bronze in the 1500 metres freestyle. Juan Rodolfo Prem Biere of Guatemal won in 16:44.64.

Cause for celebration

The Caribbean had cause for further celebration in the men's 100 metres backstroke as Barbadian Nicky Neckles claimed silver.

Neckles, who has competed in three Olympic Games, touched the wall in 56.44 seconds, narrowly ahead of Mexico's Miguel Castro, who was third in 56.45. The event was won by Venezuelan Albert Subirats in a time of 56.06 seconds.

Shaune Fraser of the Cayman Islands clocked 50.26 seconds to clinch bronze in the men's 100 metres freestyle, trailing home behind winner Subirats, who finished just outside his record in the event.

Atkinson bagged her second gold of the Games at press time last night. She won the 200m individual medley in a record 2:17.31 to bring Jamaica's medal tally to three.