Jamaican Swimmer Makes History At World Championship

Alia Atkinson went into the final of the 100m breaststroke at the world short course swimming championships the second favorite to Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.

But in a big upset the 25-year-old Jamaican Diva snatched victory on the final stroke from Meilutyte and made swimming history.

Not only had she equaled Meiluyte’s world best but also became the first swimmer black woman to claim a world title in the pool.

“I realized I was catching up so I was just trying to get a good finish,” she told the official FINA website.

“I’m not used to seeing my name up in number one so it was kind of a shock, but a good one!”

The winning time of one minute 2.36 seconds left Atkinson 0.1 seconds ahead of her great rival, who claimed gold over 100m at the London Olympics.

It is Jamaica’s first  gold in world swimming championships and Atkinson had come close in the 50m final, losing out to Meilutyte on the touch.