Alia races to gold, national record in Dubai

Friday, November 06, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica's Alia Atkinson sped to a national record of 1 minute 05.93 seconds while beating a quality field to win gold in the 100-metre breaststroke event at the FINA Swimming World Cup series in Dubai on Friday.
Atkinson was trailed by the second-placed United States swimmer Molly Hannis (1:06.60 minute) and bronze medal-winner Viktoria Gunes (1:06.96), who represents Turkey.
The winning time of 1:05.93 is the world leading performance of the 2015-2016 season. The 30.55 seconds she did in the 50-metre breaststroke a few days ago is also the world leading time over that distance.
The Jamaican star, based in Florida, United States, had claimed gold at the Championship in Qatar late 2014 to become the first black woman to win a world swimming title.
Then Atkinson clocked 1:02.36 seconds to equal the 100-metre breaststroke world record when the meet was contested over short course metres.
Sanjay Myers

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