Atkinson takes World Cup gold in women's 50m breaststroke

By Sports Desk September 30, 2018
Jamaica's Alia Atkinson. Jamaica's Alia Atkinson.

Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson claimed gold at the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup after dominating the women’s 50m breaststroke in Eindhoven.

The win took the athlete’s overall tally to two medals, having earned a silver medal behind Russian rival Yuliya Efimova in the women’s 100m breaststroke on Saturday. 

On Saturday, the Russian added to her 200m triumph by claiming gold in 1:03.41, ahead of Atkinson and the United States' Molly Hannis who took silver and bronze respectively in 1:03.74 and 1:05.65.

Over the shorter distance, however, Atkinson would not be denied top spot on the podium.  The three-time Short Course World silver medalist in this event got off to a quick start and was able to fight off a fast charging Efimova to reach the wall first in 29.18.  The Russian was second in 29.50, with Hannis taking third again in 30.01.  The American had clocked 29.76 in the preliminary round.

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