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Defiant Alia S. Atkinson bags gold in Singapore

Jamaica's Alia S. Atkinson on her way to victory in the 100m breaststroke at the Fina/airweave Swimming World Cup in Singapore yesterday, November 18, 2017. Photo: CMC
KINGSTON, Jamaica- Jamaica's champion swimmer Alia S. Atkinson proved a tough cookie yesterday as she defied a shoulder injury to claim another gold medal in the 100m breaststroke, this time on the final leg of the Fina/airweave Swimming World Cup in Singapore.

Atkinson, who achieved the 50m and 100m breaststroke double on the Beijing, China, leg will again be attempting to repeat the feat when she takes on the field in the 50m sprint today, despite the injury concerns.

The 28-year-old reportedly suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the individual medley (IM) in the Beijing, China, leg as she transitioned from the backstroke to the breaststroke portion, when the humerus popped out of the glenoid.

Despite being slipped back in, the pain continued to linger and as such Atkinson was instructed to rest the joint. However, like the determined 'darling of the pool' she is, Atkinson rejected that option and decided to press her way through the last two clusters of the World Cup.

But she did not have things all her way, as her manager took the necessary precautions and withdrew the imposing swimmer from the butterfly and individual medley (IM) event which require much greater stress on the shoulder muscle.

As such, Atkinson was left to contest the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and she duly obliged in the latter yesterday to rebound from her second-place finish on the previous leg in Tokyo, Japan.

In Japan, she was beaten into second with a time of 1:04.15 by Russian rival Yuliya Efimova, who clocked 1:03.90. (CMC)

3 Responses to ā€œDefiant Alia S. Atkinson bags gold in Singaporeā€

  • just asking.... (19/11/2017, 14:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the local barsah twin girls vino?
  • de silent one (20/11/2017, 17:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Weather she is a local or not, she's Caribbean talent, so let's get behind her and show support. It's not one of our biggest sporting event and for her to have made such of breakthrough, its an accomplishment. We need to see more of our Caribbean athletes doing likewise Wish her all success.


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