Alia Atkinson won Jamaica and her second gold medal at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, winning the women’s 50 metres butterfly in 26.60 seconds on Saturday at the Eduardo Movilla Aquatics Complex.
The co-captain of Jamaica’s female team and captain of the swimming team, produced a strong second half to power away from Venezuela’s Jeserik Pinto, who clocked 26.76 for silver and Mexico’s Ibanez Lopez, who finished third for the bronze medal in 27.08 seconds.
“Pretty good,” Atkinson said about her second gold in as many individual races. She noted though that the heat was taking a toll.
“I’m starting to feel the effects of the dehydration and heat, so hopefully I can continue and get better as it goes along. The medical staff is here and the physio are excellent so it should work,” she noted of the near 100 degree heat at daytime.”
Commenting on her race, Atkinson noted: “It was a bit harder than I thought. It wasn’t as clean as I thought it would have been but hopefully in the future we’ll get it better for the finals. It was more of the effects of the dehydration and the tightening of the muscles.”
Atkinson had won Jamaica’s first medal the previous night, when she took the women’s 100m breaststroke in a championship record 1:06.83. The latest win has increased Atkinson’s CAC Games medal haul to 11.
The two gold medals are the only ones won by Jamaica, since the Games opened on Thursday.
The game was their first of three and Brown says they have their work cut out.
“The cards are now stacked up against us. We have Cuba, which is the number one team and then after that we have Trinidad and Tobago, who beat Cuba 2-1 this morning. The guys are still very upbeat and we’re looking forward to the match on Monday.”