Jamaican Swimmer Alia Atkinson Becomes First Black Woman To Win World Title

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Jamaican Alia Atkinson has become the first black woman to win a world swimming title, after she triumphed in the 100m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Doha on Saturday.

The 25-year-old claimed the title and equalled Ruta Meilutyte’s world record of 1min 02.36sec in the process – although under governing body FINA rules this still equates to a new record.

It looks like black people can swim after all.

Congratulations Alia.

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2 replies »

  1. Uh…. Black people could always swim. People swim all over Jamaica just like they do in the coast of the african continent . We just didn’t see as a national sport. Alia make all of us swimmers proud.I hope people will stop thinking I’m just swimming to “relax” my muscles and that I should keep busy with football or Basket ball.

    Proud swimmer and boat owner.

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