Photo: Jamaican Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2016 - Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson pose for photos after being crowned at the 56th staging of the RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards Ceremony, held at the Pegasus Hotel on Friday night.
The 2016 sports year brought Jamaicans many wonderful memories and on Friday night the sports men and women who gave us much to smile about were rewarded at the 56th staging RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards Ceremony, held at the Pegasus Hotel.
With the hopes of a nation, and by extension the region squarely on her shoulders, Jamaican female swimmer Alia Atkinson, took to the pool on Monday night, shortly before 9:00pm in the Women’s 100m breaststroke final.
The 28 year old, who is participating in her fourth consecutive Olympic Games, and second consecutive final, earned her spot by finishing joint third in her semi-final Sunday night with a time of 1:06.52.
Alia Atkinson has crowned herself as the South American, Central American, and Caribbean female swimmer of the year. It was another stellar year for the reigning Jamaican Sportswoman of the Year for 2014, in the pool.
Her bronze medal performance in the 100m breaststroke at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, made her the first Jamaican swimmer to medal at a Long Course World Championships and she also won the silver medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in the 100m breaststroke.
Jamaica’s swim queen,Alia Atkinson hit top form in Dubai, on her way to a new national 100m breaststroke record and secured the gold at the final stop of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup 2015.
The World Championship bronze medalist, over this same distance, smashed the old mark of 1:06.21 which she set at the World Championship. She touched home in a new world leading time of 1:05.93.
Atkinson finished ahead of series rival, Molly Hannis of USA, 1:06.60 and Viktoria Zeynep Gunes of Turkey in 1:06.96.
Photo: Alia Atkinson (Getty Images)
There is no stopping her now, she is definitely on the move, speaking her of Swim Queen, Alia Atkinson. The Jamaican who kept her Hong Kong momentum going into China where she reached another top podium finish at the 2015 FINA World Cup at the Aquatic Centre in Beijing, China on Tuesday.
The 2015 FINA World Cup series, second cluster got on its way Friday, September 25th – Saturday, at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool – Hong Kong.
Jamaica’s swim queen and reigning 2014 RJR Sportswoman of the Year, Alia Atkinson won the women's 100m final breaststroke the beating the field by almost two full seconds.
Atkinson touched home in a time of 1:07.91 seconds to. claim the gold. Russia’s Vitalina Simonova came in 2nd in 1:09.63 and China’s Liu Xiaoyu finished in 3rd with her time of 1:09.87.
The accolades and winners on the night of the 54th RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards function held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston were in line with the scripts and predictions made leading up to last night’s proceeding, as Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters and Alia “Swim Sensation” Atkinson, copped the respective 2014 top awards.
Photo: Akia Atkinson (Getty Images)
Alia Atkinson showed her true mettle to humble arch rival and defending champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania in the women’s 100 breaststroke finals at the FINA World Short Course Championships on Saturday. Alia mounted the platform with one aim in mind and that was to take the scalp of the teenage sensation who handed her a defeat in the 50 metre breastroke final earlier in the championship.