ATKINSON Alia

11 Dec 1988
32
Female
SAINT ANDREW
 
Jamaica
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
SWM Swimming Women's 100m Breaststroke  

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Tokyo Aquatics Centre
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Olympic Games
YearLocation50Free100Breast200Breast
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA-8th (1:08.10)-
2012London, GBRH (25.98)4th (1:06.93)H (2:28.77)
2008Beijing, CHN--H (2:29.53)
2004Athens, GREH (27.21)H (1:12.53)-

World Championships
YearLocation100Free200Free50Breast100Breast200Breast50Fly200IndMed400IndMed
2019Gwangju, KOR--4th (30.34)SF (1:07.11)-H (27.49)--
2015Kazan, RUS--2nd (30.11)3rd (1:06.42)-H (27.01)--
2013Barcelona, ESP--SF (31.27)SF (1:07.63)H (2:31.49)---
2005Montreal, QC, CANH (59.61)H (2:08.62)H (33.26)H (1:13.21)H (2:44.17)H (29.80)H (2:26.08)H (5:09.72)

Champions Swim Series overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2019
Year50Breast100Breast
20201 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd2 x 3rd

Champions Swim Series - Ten best performances since 2019
RankYearEventLocationResult
22020Women's 50m BreaststrokeBeijing, CHN30.44
32020Women's 50m BreaststrokeShenzhen, CHN30.63
32020100m BreaststrokeBeijing, CHN1:08.88
32020100m BreaststrokeShenzhen, CHN1:08.15

World Championships Short Course
YearLocation50Breast100Breast200Breast100IndMed
2018Hangzhou, CHN1st (29.05)1st (1:03.51)-3rd (58.11)
2016Windsor, ON, CAN2nd (29.11)1st (1:03.03)H (2:26.21)3rd (58.04)


Legend
Free - Freestyle, Back - Backstroke, Breast - Breaststroke, Fly - Butterfly, IndMed - Individual Medley, SF - Semifinal, H - Heats, DNS - Did Not Start, M - Men, W - Women, X - Mixed, DSQ - Disqualified, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not swim in final
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AliAtki (Facebook profile, 05 Jan 2021)
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Writing short stories for children. (aliaatkinson.com, 24 Apr 2017)
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Athlete
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Psychology - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
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English
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South Florida Aquatics [United States of America]
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Chris Anderson [club], from 2001; Gillian Millwood [national]
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Her father Tweedsmuir Atkinson competed in athletics [discus and javelin] at national school level in Jamaica. Her uncle Karl Smith competed in 400m hurdles at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. (jamaicaobserver.com, 24 Jan 2015)
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In November 2017 she dislocated her left shoulder while competing at a World Cup event in Beijing, People's Republic of China. She was racing the individual medley at the time of the injury and it reportedly occurred when she was transitioning from backstroke to breaststroke. (jamaicaobserver.com, 19 Nov 2017)
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She began swimming at age three. (aliaatkinson.com, 24 Apr 2017; sportsjamaica.com, 07 Aug 2004)
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"About 75% of Jamaicans did not know how to swim [when I was young], so my parents wanted to be the ones to personally break that stereotype and just to make sure their children learned how to swim. So we all learned how to swim. I was the only one that kept on going afterwards. And it just turned into something to do after school." (sport360.com, 12 Nov 2015)
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To become the first Jamaican swimmer to win an Olympic medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (12thman.com, 20 Nov 2018; jamaica-gleaner.com, 14 Aug 2019)
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Dutch swimmer Enith Brigitha. (jessicacreighton.co.uk, 25 Jul 2016)
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Her late brother Adi and coach Chris Anderson. (fina.org, 20 Nov 2018; buzzzmagazine.com, 01 Jan 2015)
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Out of the pool she wears a necklace that reminds her of her brother Adi, who died in a plane crash in 2009. (fina.org, 30 Oct 2018)
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"Swimming is not only a sport, but a life necessity." (jamaicaobserver.com, 29 Nov 2017)
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She was named 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Female Central American and Caribbean Swimmer of the Year in Swimswam.com's Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 15 Dec 2020; 17 Dec 2014, 26 Dec 2016, 22 Dec 2019)

She was inducted into the Texas A&M Lettermen's Association's Hall of Fame Class of 2019. (theeagle.com, 23 Jul 2019)

In 2014, 2017 and 2018 she was named Jamaican Sportswoman of the Year by the RJR National Sports Foundation. (swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2019; rjrnewsonline.com, 19 Feb 2018; jamaicaobserver.com, 29 Nov 2017)

In October 2018 she received the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander for outstanding representation of Jamaica in the field of swimming. (swimswam.com, 16 Oct 2018)

She was Jamaica's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (gc2018.com, 04 Apr 2018)

She was Jamaica's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (jamaicans.com, 08 Aug 2016)

She has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States of America. (jamaicans.com, 08 Aug 2016)

General Interest

General
EARLY DAYS
She began focusing on breaststroke at age 13. "I actually was a butterflyer and a freestyler but when I was 13, the breaststroke just clicked and I thought, 'Oh, I understand this stroke now.' And that was it. The most challenging part is that if one thing is off, it throws everything off. If your kick is off, then your head position is off, your arms are going too much, and now you look like a chicken popping up in the water. I can fake a freestyle and a 'fly - just attack the water and keep the tempo. But when you fake the breaststroke, you're actually doing more strokes and you're not getting anywhere. You have to be patient with it. You have to have the flow." (fina.org, 20 Nov 2018)

FROM JAMAICA TO FLORIDA
Her family moved from Jamaica to Florida, United States of America, when she was age 12. She swam for Fort Lauderdale Swim team and Comet Swim team in Pembroke Pines where she first met coach Chris Anderson. She also swam for Flanagan High School in Florida which resulted in the award of a full swimming scholarship from the Texas A&M University. "It was a new experience and a new environment. I missed my friends [in Jamaica], especially those from school. However, I was also excited at the prospect of new opportunities." (fina.org, 20 Nov 2018; buzzzmagazine.com, 01 Jan 2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has run the Watabound initiative since 2017, a platform to promote swimming in developing countries. She also conducts swim clinics in Jamaica. (rjrnewsonline.com, 03 Jul 2019; Watabound Instagram profile, 25 Jun 2019; stluciastar.com, 04 May 2019; Jamaica Gleaner, 11 Aug 2018; LinkedIn profile, 2018)

Legend
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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