Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson continues to have an outstanding year, as she was recently voted Latin America’s top female swimmer for 2015.
Atkinson’s achievements this year include earning a silver and bronze medal in the 50 and 100 breaststroke events respectively at the World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia.
She also broke her previous national record in the 100 LCM breaststroke with a 1:05.93, and now ranks as the 16th-fastest 100 breaststroker in history.
Atkinson won an impressive 10 races at the swimming world cup: the 50 breaststroke at 6 out of 8 meets, and the 100 breaststroke at 4 out of 7 meets. That carried her to a 4th-place overall finish in the series and also netted her US $60,350 in earnings.
The world’s most popular swimming content site SwimSwam.com also has high praises for the Jamaican athlete stating: “What Katinka Hosszu is to Hungary, Alia Atkinson is becoming for Jamaica in her dominance of the country’s National Record books.”
Katinka Hosszú has swam at three Summer Olympics: 2004, 2008, and 2012 and has earned several national and world swimming records.
Check out this quick interview with Alia below:
Source: Loop Jamaica