By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, RIO, Brazil, Mon. Aug. 8, 2016: A top Caribbean athlete has made it through to the the finals of the Women’s 100-M Breaststroke competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Jamaican swimmer Alia S, Atkinson, 27, last night finished third in the the Women’s 100-M Breaststroke semi-final number 2 in a time of 1:06:52 to book her place in the finals. She will compete in the finals today – Mon, Aug 8 at 9:54 P.M.
Atkinson has been a stellar competitor in recent years. Last year, she won the 100-metre breaststroke at the 2014 Short Course World Championships in Doha, equaling the record set by Rūta Meilutytė in 2013 and becoming the first black woman to win a world swimming title.
She has been coached by Chris Anderson since 2001 and mostly trains in the SOFLO swim team in Broward county, Florida, which is managed by Anderson.