Alia ‘brings glory’ with world record

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

– Grange

KINGSTON: MIN­IS­TER OF Cul­ture, Gen­der Af­fairs, En­ter­tain­ment and Sport Olivia Grange has sent con­grat­u­la­tions to Ja­maica’s swim­mer Alia Atkin­son, who broke the world record in the 50 me­tres short course breast­stroke event in Tokyo, Ja­pan, yes­ter­day.

Atkin­son posted 28.64 sec­onds to break the pre­vi­ous world record of 28.80 for the 50 me­tres short course breast­stroke, which was set in 2009.

“What a joy it is to re­ceive this great news and to see the won­der­ful head­line across the world: ‘Ja­maica’s Alia Atkin­son breaks world record’. We should add the word ‘again’ to that head­line be­cause Alia has done this be­fore,” said Min­is­ter Grange.

“Alia con­sis­tently brings glory to Ja­maica and con­tin­ues to be an in­spi­ra­tion to us all,” she con­tin­ued. “I con­grat­u­late her on this mag­nif­i­cent achieve­ment, which adds to a long, grow­ing and im­pres­sive list of out­stand­ing per­for­mances.

“Let us all cel­e­brate with her and wish her con­tin­ued suc­cess,” said Grange.

Atkin­son is also cur­rently a joint world record holder for the 100 me­tres breast­stroke, after ty­ing the record in 2014 and again ear­lier this year.

At the 2016 Rio Games, she be­came Ja­maica’s first ever two-time Olympic swim­ming fi­nal­ist, hav­ing al­ready done so in Lon­don 2012.

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