Tokyo Olympics: Jamaican Atkinson out of 100m Breaststroke
Decorated Jamaica swimmer, Alia Atkinson, failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 100m Breaststroke on Sunday, in what was one of the slower heats.
Competing in Heat 3, the Jamaican swimming sensation clocked 31.48 seconds in her first 50m and held a slight lead over the field at the halfway point.
She, however, faded in the last few metres and returned to touch the wall third, with a time of 1:07.70 seconds. Atkinson’s second leg split was timed at 36.22.
The heat was won by 19-year-old Lithuanian Kotryna Teterevkova, who clocked 1:06.82 to touch first, in the process securing her spot in the semi-finals with one of the top 16 fastest times. German swimmer Anna Elendt also qualified from the heat after finishing second with a time of 1:06.96.
Atkinson was competing in a remarkable fifth straight Olympics.
The fastest time of the round was recorded by South African Tatjana Schoenmaker who smashed American Lilly King’s five-year-old Olympic record, clocking 1:04.82 to win heat five.
The semifinals will get underway on Monday at 21:50h. (Sportsmax)