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SWIMMING: Alia Atkinson goes for gold after breaking Ja's national record in Russia

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 10:56 AM
Alia Atkinson checks the timing board after a women's 100m breaststroke semifinal at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia yesterday.

Jamaica's superstar swimmer Alia Atkinson will be going for gold today when she competes in the final of the women's 100 metre breaststroke at the swimming world championships in Kazan, Russia. 

Atkinson will enter today's final with the third fastest time of 1:06.21 seconds, which she achieved in her semifinal.

She will be up against home town favourite Yulia Efimova, who clocked 1:05.60 seconds in her semifinal, and Lithuania's World and championship record holder Ruta Meilutytė, who made it in with a time of 1:05.64 seconds.  

Atkinson's time has lowered her old national record of 1:06.59 seconds, which she set at the Pan Am Games last month.

This is the first Long course World Championship final for any CARIFTA region female swimmer in this event.

She is attempting to become the World champion in both long course and short course formats.

Atkinson created history in December 2014 when she took the 100 metre breaststroke title in Doha.