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January 14, 2020

Olympian Alia Atkinson won Bronze earlier today at the Shenzhen leg of the FINA Champions Series. Competing in the 50 metre breaststroke Atkinson finished third in a time of 30.63 and won USD 6000. Gold went to Italian Olympian Martina Carraro in 30.38 earning herself USD 10,000. The Silver was won by the American Olympian Molly Hannis in 30.49, she netted for herself USD 8000.00. Those top three finishes represent the new Global top three swims for the season

This is the fastest Atkinson has swum in January. Her previous best at this stage of the season was 32.73 in 2012. In that season she had her highest Olympic placing of fourth at the London Games. This 2019/2020 is one first for her and the region as she is the only female swimmer from the Caribbean invited to compete in this Series.

She was also the only female swimmer invited to compete on a team in the debut season of the International Swimming League for Team Iron.

The meet continues tomorrow with Alia competing in the 100 metre breaststroke. She will battle Carraro again as well as 2016 Olympian  Canadian  Sydney Pickrem and hometown talent Yu Jingyao.