Atkinson wraps up double World Cup gold in Japan

By Sports Desk November 11, 2018
Alia Atkinson Alia Atkinson

Jamaica Olympian Alia Atkinson continued an impressive effort at the FINA Swimming World Cup series, after claiming gold in the women’s 50m breaststroke, in Tokyo, on Sunday.

Atkinson took top spot in the race after touching the wall in 28.95, just ahead of Russian rival Yuliya Efimova who was second in 29.56. Australia’s Emily Seebohm finished third in 29.99.  The win was the second of the event for the Short Course world record holder.  Atkinson also triumphed over Efimova on the previous day after also claiming the 100m breaststroke. 

The Jamaican took the race in 1:03.09, just ahead of Efimova who was second in 1:03.42 and Slobhan O’Connor who was third in 1:05.07.

The win was just the second over the longer distance for Atkinson who also claimed the event in Brazil.  The 29-year-old, on the other hand, has won the 50m event four times already this series.

  With one meet remaining the Jamaican is seventh in the overall standings on 110 points but should move further up the table after the results of the Japan meet are tabulated.  The final event of the seven-meet series is scheduled to take place in Singapore from November 15-17

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