Alia Atkinson is the first black woman to win a world swimming title

By Drum Digital
08 December 2014

Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title when she totally crushed the 100m breast stroke at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar.

The 25-year-old, Atkinson completed the short course race in 1 minute and 2.36 seconds equaling Ruta Meilutyte's 100m breaststroke world record of one minute and 2.36 seconds.

Atkinson came from behind in the final length to beat defending champion Meilutyte by 0.1secs on Saturday.

It was the 17th world record set at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha. Atkinson, who was fourth at the London Olympics, had previously won three world short course silver medals. She was unaware of the significance of her 100m breaststroke triumph in Doha.  

She told AFP: "I couldn't believe it! It came down to the same thing as the 50 and on the 50 I got out-touched so in my mind I went straight back to that.

"I just thought 'oh okay' and looked up at the board and it didn't really click yet and then it really started to click. It took a while!"

"Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we'll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push," Atkinson mused.

-Source: BBC

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