Atkinson wins 3rd straight 100m breaststroke World Champs gold

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Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won the Women’s 100 SCM breaststroke gold medal at the World Swimming Champions in Hangzhou, China, on Saturday morning. She previously won 100m titles in Doha in 2014 and Ontario in 2016.
Swimming in lane 4, Atkinson led from the start and held on at the end to win in 1:03.51, ahead of the USA’s Katie Meili 1:03.63 and Australia’s Jessica Hansen 1:04.61.
This was Atkinson’s second gold medal in Hangzhou having won the 50m breaststroke title on Wednesday, a day after celebrating her 30th birthday, which made her one of the oldest swimmers at the competition.
She also won a bronze medal in the 100m medley on Friday.
Atkinson holds the world record of 1:02.36 set in 2014 when she became the first black woman to win a world title. She also owns the fastest time in the world this year – 1:02.80 – set in Budapest in October. At that same meet, she lowered her own world record in the 50m swim – from 28.64 to 28.56. (Sports Max)

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