London Roar's Alia Atkinson believes her best swims are still to come

By November 01, 2020

When Alia Atkinson won the 50m breaststroke for the London Roar on Friday, it extended her win-streak to 12 dating back four years. The last time she lost a race in the 50m breaststroke was at the 2016 Short Course Championships where she won silver.

She followed up on Saturday, winning the 100m breaststroke in 1:03.75 ahead of teammate Annie Lazor (1:04.45) in a 1-2 finish that gave the Roar a 35-point lead. In between, she was a member of the London Roar’s winning 4x100m medley relay team and she also won her Skins races in 29.61 and 29.89, respectively that earned her and her team triple points.

The performances have meant that she was third in the MVP list for the meet.

But even as she continues to rack up victories for her new ISL team, the 2018 World Championship double-gold medalist believes her best performances are still to come.

“The plan is to build and get better each meet,” the 50m world-record holder said while speaking with Sportsmax.TV.

“This meet I did what I needed to secure the win for my team, but on a personal note, I would have liked to feel more ‘sprinty’ and strong in the races.  I need a bit more time to feel like my faster self. I am still 1.5 seconds away in the 100 and a second a way in the 50.”

Regarding her 50m win streak, she said there was no mystery as to why she has not lost a race in four years.

“It’s not a secret. I actually don't think about the streak and treat every race like it's the first,” she said.

At the end of action on Saturday, the London Roar hold a slim lead over the LA Current. The Roar have amassed 499 points with the Current on 478.5 points. Tokyo Frog Kings are on 446.5 points.

 

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