Atkinson takes top spot for team Iron at ISL champs

By Sports Desk October 27, 2019
Jamaica's Alia Atkinson Jamaica's Alia Atkinson

Jamaica swimmer Alia Atkinson claimed top spot for team Iron in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke at the 2019 International Swimming League (ISL) in Budapest on Sunday.

After winning the women’s 50 event on the previous day’s competition, Atkinson shot out like a bullet and led the race from wall to wall as she clocked 1:03.84 for the victory. 

The Jamaican managed to hold off a late-race charge from American Breeja Larson who was second in 1:04.40.  Larson finished just ahead of compatriot Annie Lazor who was third with a time of 1:04.41.  Atkinson, who was second in the event last week, was the only swimmer to finish under 1:04.

The win claimed vital points for team Iron.

“It was pretty good coming off the 200 (on Saturday). It came together. I think that was our best placing in the 100, so it’s on up and up,” Atkinson said following the race.

 

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    Having to settle for three second-place finishes on Saturday, Alia Atkinson came out Sunday with a vengeance winning the 100m breaststroke in a time just shy of her world record.

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    She was also a member of the Roar’s 4x100m medley relay team that clocked 3:46.59 to finish second to Energy Standard’s 3:45.58.

    The win earned Atkinson and her team a valuable 15 points, which she added to the 12.5 points she won on Saturday.

    It was another day of standout performances from the 31-year-old Jamaican who was second to Pilato (28.86) in the 50m breaststroke, touching in a quick 29.30.

    Also on Saturday, Atkinson was seventh in 100m butterfly in a new national record of 57.13, breaking the record of 57.21 set on November 9.

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