Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson kicked off her 2014/2015 FINA World Cup campaign with a master class in breaststroke sprinting, when she won the 100m in Doha, Qatar.
Swimming from lane four at FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup, Atkinson had a bullet start with a reaction time of 0.69 seconds.
By the time she turned at the first wall she already had a body length lead. At the half-way mark her split was 30.18 seconds and she was more than half a second ahead of American Breeja Larson.
She also “educated” the field on back-end speed as she clocked the fastest second 50 metres with a time of 33.61 seconds to win comfortably in a time of 1:03.79. Some distance behind was Larson, who touched in at 1:05.06, and third was Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir of Iceland with 1:06.88
In Doha last year Atkinson had won in 1:03.38. She holds the fastest time for this event in breaststroke for a Jamaican male or female, whether it is in a 25-metre pool, 50-metre pool or 25-yard pool.
The impressive Atkinson will be in action today in Qatar in the 50-metre breaststroke and the 100-metre individual medley.