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Atkinson finishes fourth / Jamaican Atkinson reaches Olympic 100m breaststroke final

ALIA Atkinson finished fourth in1: 06.93 in the women's 100 metre breaststroke finals. The race was won by Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania in 1:05. 47.

Atkinson missed out on a podium finish beaten by Satomi Suzuki of Japan who swam 1:06.46, to place third.

Rebecca Soni of the United States finished second in 1:05.55.

Atkinson swam out of lane 8.

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Alia Atkinson ... reached the 100m breaststroke final. (file photo)
Alia Atkinson ... reached the 100m breaststroke final. (file photo)

 

Jamaican Alia Atkinson won her preliminary round heat here Sunday but then needed a swim-off – the first of its kind at an Olympic Games – before she could reach Monday’s final of the women’s 100 metres breaststroke.

 

The 23-year-old clocked one minute, 7.39 seconds as she stormed to victory in heat two, ahead of South Africa’s Suzaan van Biljon (1:07.54) and Morocco’s Sara El Bekri (1:08.21).

With the win, she lowered her national women’s 100m breaststroke record of 1:08.45.

Atkinson then returned to clock 1:07.48 which was only good enough for joint fourth in the first semi-final with Canadian Tera Van Beilen.

Atkinson was forced to agonisingly sit and watch the second semi-final, hoping that not more than three swimmers would beat her time. When this did not happen, she was forced into a swim-off with Van Beilen.

She dominated from the outset to secure her place in the final where she will start as the slowest qualifier.

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Comment by dave on July 31, 2012 at 11:56am

i am proud of this woman 

Comment by barbara glover on July 31, 2012 at 11:19am

SHE SWIM LIKE A SHARK MY GOODNESS SHE WILL COME BACK AT THE NEXT OLYMPIC IN 2016 AND WIN BIG WHAT OUT SHE WILL

Comment by john brown on July 31, 2012 at 10:58am

Comment by albert . grant on July 31, 2012 at 9:36am
Wow what a swim it would have great if she medal
Comment by barbara glover on July 31, 2012 at 7:54am

she is going to win one day u just look out alia atkinson u go girl a feel proud of all the jamaican athletes

Comment by Paulette Robinson on July 31, 2012 at 6:29am

proud of u

Comment by selvin williams on July 31, 2012 at 12:53am

all the best JA

Comment by Ricardo O'Connor on July 30, 2012 at 11:30pm
Mannnnn she was leading all the way and lost steam down the stretch. She did good tho.
Comment by barbara glover on July 30, 2012 at 11:25pm

 I AM STILL PROUD OF ALIA ATKINSON WE HAVE SOME VERY GOOD SWIMMERS IN JAMAICA

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