Alia Atkinson narrowly misses out on medal in Women's 100m breaststroke final at Short-course championships

By December 20, 2021

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson narrowly missed out on a medal in the Women’s 100m breaststroke at the FINA World Short-course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

She swam 1:04.03 to finish fourth in the final won by Qianting Tang of China in 1:03.47, a new Asian record.

Sweden’s Sophie Hansson was second in 1:03.50 and Ireland’s Mona McSharry was third in 1:03.92

Atkinson was the third-fastest qualifier into the semi-finals after swimming 1:04.88 in her heat to advance.

She then lined up in semi-final 2 where she swam 1:04.26 to finish second and advance as the fourth-fastest qualifier to the final.

Atkinson was seeking to add to gold medals in the Women’s 100m breaststroke at the World Short-course championships in 2014 in Doha, 2016 in Windsor and 2018 in Hangzhou where she also took gold in the 50m Breaststroke.

She took home silver medals in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the 2012 championships in Istanbul and the 50m breaststroke in both Doha and Windsor.

Her bronze medals came in the 100m medley in Windsor and Hangzhou.

Her resume at World Short-course Championships stands at 10 medals including four gold, four silver and two bronze.

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