Atkinson takes shot at Short Course gold medal
Alia Atkinson will be aiming to secure Jamaica's first gold medal at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul, Turkey, when she competes in today's final of the women's 50m breaststroke. The event is slated to begin at 7:15 p.m. (12:15 p.m. Jamaica time).
Atkinson recorded two personal bests - (29:72) in the heats then 29:62 in semi-finals, going into today's final with the second-fastest time.
Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania, who won the 100m breaststroke gold medal at the London Olympics in August, will enter today's final with the fastest time of 29.51 seconds.
down to compete
Jessica Hardy from of the United States, who is the world record holder in the event, will enter the final with the third-fastest time of 29.82.
Atkinson is also down to compete in the 100m individual medley later today. Meanwhile, Jamaica's other entrant at the championships, Timothy Wynter, swam a personal best 55.55 seconds to finish 43rd overall in the men's 100m backstroke.
Wynter came back later in the day to swim the 100m butterfly, in 56.92, but failed to progress. He is scheduled to compete tomorrow in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.