Finally, some news to uplift the spirits! Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson broke records and made history by becoming the first black woman to win a world swimming championship.

On Saturday, Atkinson brought her A-game during the 100m breast stroke at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar.

The formidable sportswoman crushed her competition by completing the race in 1 minute and 2.36 seconds and in doing so, she also matched the current world record.

Atkinson was graciously blown away by her accomplishment and expressed her disbelief to AFP, “I couldn’t believe it! It came down to the same thing as the 50 and on the 50 I got out-touched so in my mind I went straight back to that”. “I just thought ‘oh okay’ and looked up at the board and it didn’t really click yet and then it really started to click. It took awhile!”

Atkinson also mentioned her hope that her success will encourage more Jamaicans to consider swimming as a serious profession, “Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean as we’ll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push”.

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