Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's Alia Atkinson improved her semi-final time but finished out of the medals in the women's 100m individual medley at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday.
The 24-year-old Atkinson, who secured Jamaica's first medal at a global championships when she bagged silver in the women's 50m breaststroke on Thursday, clocked 58.85 seconds for fourth after entering the final with the fastest time of 58.94.
The event was won by Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in a new championships record of 58.49. Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania won the silver in 58.79, while bronze went to China's Zhao Jing in 58.80.
Allan Marsh, vice-president of the Jamaica Swimming Association, said he was very pleased with Atkinson's performance because the event was not one of her strongest.
"I think it was a solid performance from her," said Marsh. "The thing about it is that the individual medley is not really one of her strongest events. However, she came fourth. Only six hundredths of a second separated second from fourth place, and so it was very close," Marsh said.
100m breaststroke finalist
Atkinson will have another chance to add to her silver medal when she competes in today's final of the women's 100m breaststroke. Atkinson is among the favourites to win a medal in the event as she enters the final with the third-fastest time of 1:04.99.
Marsh added that he was very confident Atkinson could win a medal in the event today.
"I thought she did well in the semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke because she is ranked third going in to the final," he said. "This is also the same event that she came fourth in at the Olympics and so I am confident that she can get a medal," Marsh said.
Meanwhile, Timothy Wynter finished 64th overall out of 117 in the men's 50m butterfly heats in 25.74 seconds yesterday.