Her country has produced the fastest sprinter in the world.
Most of her own countrymen are not even aware that Jamaica produces swimmers. But 26-year-old Alia Atkinson certainly made them sit up and take notice with her achievements over the past year.
Last December, she became the first Jamaican to win a world title when she equalled the 100m breaststroke short-course world record en route to taking gold at the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha. That was followed by a 100m bronze and a 50m silver at its long-course counterpart earlier this June in Kazan, making her the first-ever Jamaican medallist in the tournament’s history.
The cheerful, 1.70m Atkinson who is in town for the FINA World Cup this Sunday told Yahoo Singapore she has been on a quest to popularise the sport in her home nation.
Atkinson picked up swimming at the age of four and stuck to it because she “didn’t like to run”. Jamaica's swimming facilities are still in a "developmental" stage – the entireRead More »from Minority swimmer Alia Atkinson wants to break barriers in the sport