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Lyn hails Atkinson

Published:Sunday | July 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

GLASGOW, Scotland:

President of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica, Martin Lyn, says Alia Atkinson's silver medal in the woman's 50m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games on Friday inside the Tollcross International Swimming Centre is a major boost for the sport in Jamaica.

Lyn watched from the side of the pool as Atkinson touched the wall in 30.67 seconds for second place behind Australia's Leiston Pickett, who won her second straight Commonwealth Games gold medal in the event in 30.59 with Scotland's Corrie Scott winning bronze in 30.75.

The administrator labelled the 25-year-old swimmer as a role model and positive influence to young swimmers on the island and is certain that she will deliver more joy at Glasgow 2014.

"This lifts the entire Jamaican aquatics fraternity. I expected her to medal and I'm really happy for her," Lyn told The Sunday Gleaner.

"Her success augers well for swimming in Jamaica, she is a big role model for our younger swimmers and for persons looking to come into the sport. She is a point of reference for Jamaican swimming and I am personally proud about this her latest accomplishment and I'm sure the entire nation is as well," Lyn added.

"It was a very good race, I know she wanted the gold and many persons may have expected her to get it, but any medal at this level is a major success. It puts Jamaica immediately on the swimming map, on the medal stands even before athletics has started, bringing to focus that we have a lot of top quality international sportsmen and women outside of track and field," Lyn further reasoned, while underlining the strength of the competition at the Commonwealth Games.

"In any sport, hard work is 99 per cent and talent is one per cent. What she has shown to our younger swimmers is that you have to persevere and work, no one can take that away from her - her perseverance, her work ethic and her training discipline," added Lyn.

- A.L.