Alia Atkinson becomes most successful 100-metre breaststroke woman in CAC history

By July 21, 2018
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Alia Atkinson, the only Caribbean swimmer to ever win a medal in the 100-metre breaststroke at the Central American and Caribbean Games, is now also the winningest athlete in the event ever. 

Atkinson surpassed Mexico’s Silvia Rivero, yesterday, adding her third lien on the title with a championship record swim of 1:06.83 seconds.

Atkinson got the better of Mexico’s Byana Rodriquez Villanuev, who was second in 1:07.80. Another Mexican, Esther Gonzalez Medina, was third in 1:10.60.

Atkinson came into the final having watch Villanuev break her Championship record of 1:08.00, with a 107.99 swim. Atkinson was second in the same race.

While the two travelled neck and neck during the heats earlier in the day, there was to be no such swim off in the final, as Atkinson started like a bullet, swimming the quickest splits on both laps, 30.85 on the first, and 35.98 on the last.

Villanuev was faster than she was in the heats, but Atkinson was not to be denied, adding to her 2006 and 2010 titles some eight years on.

Rivero had won titles in the event in 1982 and 1986.

Atkinson’s championship record also qualifies her for the 2019 Lima PAN AM Games and she is not far off the pace for a spot to the Gwangju World Championship and to the 2018 Hangzhou World Short Course championhip.

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