Both Olympian Alia Atkinson CD and compatriot Breanna Roman recorded season-best times in their respective breaststroke finals at the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series in Richmond, Virginia Thursday.

Having had a taste of the FINA World Cup tour earlier this month, Jamaica’s Breanna Roman said she is now eager to compete on the tour next season.

Jamaica Olympian Alia Atkinson expressed delight at having compatriot Breanna Roman alongside her in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the FINA World Cup Series finale in Singapore at the weekend.

Atkinson claimed both events, taking the women’s 100m in 1:02.74 and winning the shorter distance in 28.95 seconds.  Roman was fifth in the 50m and sixth over the longer distance.

Apart from the placings, the moment was also of historic significance for the tiny Caribbean nation, as it marked the first time the country has ever had two finalists in a World Cup event.  The significance was not lost on Atkinson.

“Ladies and gentlemen, for the 1st time ever we had 2…read it out loud…TWO Jamaican swimmers in the finals at World cup. Such a fantastic feeling to share this with my fellow countrywoman,” Atkinson said via social media platform Instagram.

Atkinson captured two medals in the series finale to finish on 182 points and 6th overall. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and Russia’s Vlad Morozov earned the overall series crowns.

Jamaican swimming sensation Alia Atkinson today claimed her eighth gold medal of the 2018 Short Course World Championships when she claimed the 50-metre breaststroke in 28.95 seconds, leaving the field in her wake. 

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won her seventh gold medal on the FINA World Cup Tour on Friday, taking the 100m breaststroke on the opening day in Singapore on Friday.

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