Alia Atkinson Wins Third Straight World Title In 100 Breast

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World record holder Alia Atkinson won a close 100 breast final tonight to secure her third straight short course World Championship title in the event. The 30-year old touched first in 1:03.51, just a tenth ahead of American Katie Meili (1:03.63). Atkinson has actually tied the world record in this event twice, first tying Ruta Meilutyte’s record at this meet in 2014 before tying it again at the world cup in 2016.

Atkinson and Meili were well ahead of the rest of the field, with bronze going to Australian Jessica Hansen (1:04.61).

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