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Success Story: Alia Atkinson breaks own record at Swimming World Cup

By: Staff Writer

Jamaican veteran swimmer, Alia Atkinson dominated the FINA World Cup in Budapest as she lowered her previous mark of 28.64 down to 28.56 to win the women’s 50 breaststroke.

Previously, Atkinson had broken the 2009 mark of Jessica Hardy (28.80) at the Tokyo stop of the World Cup circuit in 2016, and with this swim now owns eight swims under 29 seconds, a feat only done 14 times in history according to Swim Swam.

Slowly etching her name in the history books, Alia’s dominance isn’t going unnoticed. In addition to owning eight of the 14 sub-29 swims in history, Atkinson also owns five of the all-time top-10.


  1. Alia Atkinson – 28.56
  2. Alia Atkinson – 28.64
  3. Jessica Hardy – 28.80
  4. Ruta Meilutyte – 28.81
  5. Alia Atkinson / Ruta Meilutyte – 28.84
  6. Ruta Meilutyte – 28.89
  7. Alia Atkinson / Atkinson – 28.91
  8. Lilly King – 28.92

Summary Results:

Russian Yuliya Efimova was the runner-up to Atkinson tonight in Budapest in 29.22, and American Molly Hannis (29.51) and Australian Emily Seebohm (29.96) were also under 30 seconds.

Original Story and Credit: Swim Swam

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