Jamaican Alia Atkinson sets world record in swimming. (Photo: Google Images)
Jamaican Alia Atkinson sets world record in swimming. (Photo: Google Images)
Jamaican Alia Atkinson sets world record in swimming.
(Photo: Google Images)

Yesha Callahan of The Root is reporting that Alia Atkinson has made history as the first black woman to win a world title in the sport of swimming. Atkinson, who is Jamaican, won the women’s 100 breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Doha, Qatar. Callahan writes:

“Atkinson, who swims for Jamaica, tied the world record with a time of 1 minute, 2.36 seconds, which, according to the standards of the international swimming governing body FINA, counts as its own record. Even Atkinson was surprised at her win.”

The win was Jamaica’s first gold in world swimming championships.

Read more at The Root.

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