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).