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Alia Atkinson Wins Gold in 50m Breaststroke at 2015 FINA World Cup Paris-Chartres

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It was a tight field in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke, but Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson prevailed once again over the Americans at the 2015 FINA WORLD CUP: CHARTRES-PARIS on Sunday. Atkinson clocked 30.85 to win her 11th gold medal ever in the women’s 50-meter breast on the FINA World Cup circuit, .10 ahead of Katie Meili (30.95) and Breeja Larson (31.06).

The Jamaican last lost this event in 2014 when Ruta Meilutyte won in Tokyo.

At the 2015 Kazan World ChampionshipsAlia Atkinson had more to cheer about besides winning a silver medal in the 50 breaststroke finals. Her time of 30.11 was also a new Jamaican national record, eclipsing her old mark of 30.17 which was swam at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Atkinson was very quick in prelims of this event, going 30.27 to qualify 2nd behind world record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania. She was slightly off in semifinals, going 30.78 to qualify just 6th into the final.