Alia Atkinson: “Who goes the same time twice?” (Video)

Captured by Daniela Kapser. 

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Braden Kieth.


Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson has tied the World Record in the 100 short course meters breaststroke on day 1 of the 2016 FINA World Cup’s opening stop in Chartres, France.

Atkinson swam a 1:02.36 on Friday morning in the 25 meter pool, matching the swims done by both herself at the Doha World Cup stop in 2014; and Ruta Meilutyte‘s swim from the 2013 World Cup stop in 2013.

Comparative splits:

  • Meilutyte ’13: 29.56/32.80 = 1:02.36
  • Atkinson ’14: 29.46/32.90 = 1:02.36
  • Atkinson ’16: 29.33/33.03 = 1:02.36

Atkinson had a phenomenal quad after placing 4th in the 100 breaststroke, her best event, at the 2012 Olympic Games; but that resulted in a slide to just 8th place (1:08.10, LCM) in Rio two weeks ago, though she was as fast as 1:06.52 in the semi-finals (still out of the medals position).

Back in short course, where she’s been one of the best underwater breaststrokers in the world for more than half-a-decade, she’ll get some consolation from this win. It earns her $1,500USD for the event win and 10 bonus points toward the overall FINA World Cup standings, and barring another World Record at this meet, will also get her big cluster points toward the $50,000 1st-place prize. She’s now guaranteed a minimum of 46 points after day 1, with more likely to come. For comparison, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu finished the first stop in last year’s series with 81 points from all of her races combined to sit in 1st place. A win gets 12 points, a 2nd-place finish gets 9, and a 3rd-place finish gets 6, with bonus points for tying or breaking World Records and to the swimmers with the best single-swim performances in each meet.

Unfortunately for Atkinson, the $10,000 prize available for World Records isn’t handed out if the record is tied – which she’s now fallen victim to twice in her career.

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Coach Huggies
4 years ago

Norbert Rosza actually. The Hungarian swam the same 100 breast lcm record three times actually at 1:01.45 , before finally going 1:01.29

Reply to  Coach Huggies
4 years ago

Rózsa (means rose), not Rosza.

4 years ago

Conor Dwyer?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  coacherik
4 years ago

Correct. 1:45.23 in Rio (individual and relay lead off).

Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

Cate Campbell also swam identical times:
52.38 at the Aussie trials in April and in Japan Open in June this year

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