Over the weekend Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association and it’s member clubs took advantage of a swim camp with Alia Atkinson, Jamaican Olympian and current World Record holder.
Atkinson spent time talking to www.islandstats.com about life, growing up and her legacy in the Sport.
Recently Atkinson scored the second world record of what was a scintillating final session at the FINA World Cup in Budapest, lowering her previous mark of 28.64 down to 28.56 to win the Women’s 50 Breaststroke.
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. Also in the sub-29 club is Ruta Meilutyte (three times, best of 28.81) and Lilly King (once, 28.92), with Hardy having done so twice herself.
In addition to owning eight of the 14 sub-29 swims in history, Atkinson also owns five of the all-time top-10.