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Sparing no cost for Alia Atkinson

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, July 28, 2012 | 12:48 PM    

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LONDON, England - The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) are sparing no cost to ensure that Alia Atkinson gets the best shot at making the finals in her three events here at the London Olympic Games.

Atkinson, who will swim in the heats of the 100m breaststroke, her favored event, tomorrow morning, has been trying out her new high-tech state-of-the-art swimsuit that cost 450 pounds sterling that she will be racing in.

Martin Lyn, president of the ASAJ and the swim team manager, told the Observer today that it takes the 24-year-old Atkinson an hour to put on and take off the suit each day, 30 minutes each way.

"This just shows we are not sparing anything and we are taking this to a new level to ensure she does her best," Lyn told the Observer.

Atkinson, who holds seven Jamaican records, swam a personal best one minute 08.45 seconds at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix in Northern California in early June, just under the one minute 08.49 seconds mark for the 'A' qualifying standard.

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