Record Washed Away
On October 6th, 29-year-old swimming sensation made waves at The International Swimming Federation competition in Budapest, Hungary.
Atkinson made waves as she washed over the competition in the 50-meter breaststroke. She broke her world record by 0.08 seconds. The Jamaican swimmer finished the course in 28.56 seconds, besting her previous record of 28.64 seconds.
The Russian Yuliya Efimova took second place with 29.22 seconds. A day earlier she also defeated Efimova by winning the women’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:02.80 seconds.
Atkinson has performed well at these high profile games such as the NCAA Championship where she took first place in the 200m Breaststroke, won 100m Breaststroke at the Short Course World Championships in Doha in 2014, 50m Breaststroke Silver Medal and Bronze Medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
She set two Commonwealth Games records in the heats and reached the Olympic Games Finals Breaststroke in 2016.
Atkinson remains the only swimmer from Jamaica to hold a world record from swimming.