Alia Atkinson Edges Lilly King in 50 Breast Semifinals

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Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson edged out the USA’s Lilly King in the second semifinal of the women’s 50 breast at the Short Course World Championships.

Atkinson posted the top time with a 29.09, well off her own world record of 28.64 set in October in Tokyo, while King’s time of 29.17 improved her to fifth all-time in the event. King broke Katie Meili’s American record of 29.37 in the process.

Another American, Molly Hannis, qualified third in 29.88, rounding out the sub-30-second performers.

Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen finished fourth in 30.06, ahead of Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse (30.17), Australia’s Jessica Hansen (30.22), Russia’s Natalia Ivaneeva (30.30) and Norway’s Susann Bjornsen (30.33).

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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