Alia Atkinson: No physio, no world record

By December 16, 2018

Alia Atkinson believes that no having a physiotherapist at her disposal robbed her of a possible world record in the 100m breaststroke at the Swimming World Championships in Hangzhuo, China on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Jamaican won her second gold medal of the meet on Saturday capping an outstanding performance that saw her win two gold and a bronze medal. It was her best ever performance at the World Championships which was in its 14th edition.

However, it did not come easily. On Wednesday, December 12, she won gold in the 50m breaststroke. Then on Friday, she added a bronze medal to her tally in the 100m medley before closing with the 100m gold medal.

She revealed to Sportsmax.tv that that last gold medal was a painful experience.

“Sadly, the last 100m I had a bit of difficulty. The 100 breaststroke and 100m medley double the day before, really fatigued and tightened my hamstrings,” she said.

“Without proper medical attention, I wouldn't have been able to get on the podium in the 100m breaststroke. I have been advocating for months for a physiotherapist to accompany swimmers to World championships.

“Throwing warm climate swimmers into 20 to 30-degree weather, swimming for six days straight and not being able to recover properly, truly hindered my performance. I know I could have broken the world record in that 100m breaststroke.”

She said she had to dig deep to pull off the victories.

“I really think experience made the difference with mental preparedness and physical knowledge to get through the rounds,” she said.

Leighton Levy

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