Jamaica's Atkinson wins bronze in 50m freestyle, her fifth medal at CAC Games

By July 25, 2018
Alia Atkinson won her fifth medal at the 2018 CAC Games on Wednesday night, a bronze in the 50m freestyle. Alia Atkinson won her fifth medal at the 2018 CAC Games on Wednesday night, a bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won a bronze medal in the 50-metre freestyle on Wednesday at the CAC Games in Colombia.

Atkinson, 29, touched in 25.47 seconds to finish behind winner Hurtado Arcila of Colombia who clocked 25.11s and Mexico’s Liliana Ibanez (25.15) who won the silver medal.

This was Atkinson’s fifth medal of the Games, her second bronze to go along with three gold medals.

She said she felt pretty good about the performance.

"Breaststroke is my favourite event, and then comes 'fly and then freestyle so considering the third favourite it's good to see that I still have the range in the sport of swimming and still be competitive in all the events," she said following her medal-swimming swim but said she was pleased with her overall performance at the Games.

"My goal coming in was to get on the podium in all the events. I fell short in the 100 free but I think that just means for the 100 I am not there yet, for the 50s I have my sprint, I just need to do more training for the Worlds coming up to finish off the hundred strong."

Meanwhile, rising Jamaican star Emily McDonald was fifth in the B final in 26.48s. The race was won by  Mari Nercisio in 26.14s with C. Gomez Copper of Panama was second in 26.27s.

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