Alia Atkinson ready to 'battle and be better' for London Roar in this weekend's ISL finals

By November 19, 2020

Build, battle and get better is the motto Alia Atkinson will be using to motivate herself and her teammates as the London Roar head into this weekend’s final of the International Swimming League in Budapest.

The 31-year-old Jamaica heads into the finals ranked number one in the 100m breaststroke having clocked a world-leading 1:02.66 during last weekend’s semi-finals. She is ranked fourth in the 50m breaststroke.

However, with her form on the upswing, she feels confident she will be able to bring her ‘A’ game for the London Roar this weekend.

“Throughout this whole series we wanted to try and get better as it went along. Each meet I wanted to get closer and closer to the 1:02 range so I am really happy I got a chance to dip under the 1:03 in the semi-finals and I just have to hold and sustain it for the finals coming up this Saturday and Sunday,” the Olympian told Sportsmax.TV.

The Roar are currently third in the ratings with 2007 rating points, just behind Cali Condors 2222 and defending champions Energy Standard 2291. Despite being behind, Atkinson believes the team is focused on delivering their best to make London go one better than their runner-up spot in 2019.

“We’re looking forward to it. Right now we’re third but we’re pretty close to second and first. I really think we can pull something out. I think we can surprise some people and just do our best,” she said.

“Six weeks is a long time. Everybody is excited to go home but as a team I think we’re focused and ready to go into the finals and produce the best times they can and I know we will give it 100 per cent effort,” she said.

That aside, she was pleased that she was able to break Jamaica’s 100m butterfly record twice during the season. The three-time Jamaican Female Athlete of the Year first set a new record of 57.21 on November 9 before lowering it again last weekend to 57.13.

“The butterfly was fantastic, I wanted to go 56 but like the 100 breast you have to take it step by step. I haven’t done that race in like six years, so considering that it is a pretty good time,” she said. ”Hopefully, as I swim it some more I will get faster and faster.”

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