Athlete of Day 2

Alia Atkinson in 10 clicks

December 07th, 2016

Experience

Alia Atkinson represented Jamaica in four Olympics: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. The same editions as her notable compatriot Usain Bolt, a supporter of the swimmer's career

Pioneer

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Despite having no Olympic medals, Atkinson is the first-ever Jamaican swimmer with medals at FINA Worlds: 2 in long course and 4 in short course pool

WR

Alia
Atkinson
Jamaica JAM
Race 50m Breast (25m-pool)
Time 28.64

Istanbul 2012

The two first medals of Atkinson at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) were earned in Istanbul 2012: silver in the 50m and 100m breast

Pride

"I finally felt like I made it somewhere in the swimming realm. To be on the podium, I realised that it doesn’t take superhuman strength to get there, just dedication and hard work. I am elated that I finally figured it out, mentally and physically." - after her medals in Istanbul 2012

World Cup

Alia Atkinson is also a star in the FINA World Cup series: she was second in 2013 and 2016, and third in 2014

Gold

Surprise! In Doha 2014, Atkinson wins her first gold at this level, equalling the WR in the 100m breaststroke, in a time of 1:02.36

Close

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Training in Florida and at almost 28, Atkinson's best result at Olympic level was a fourth place at the London 2012 Games in the 100m breaststroke

Inspiration

"Hopefully there will be more popularity, especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we will see more of a rise and hopefully we will see a push." - on the importance of her performances in her country

Almost

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She swam fast in Windsor, but the 29.11 in the 50m breast were not enough for victory: another silver, behind Lilly King (28.92)