Led by Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica has historically been the country of athletic sensations. However, Alia Atkinson shines the spotlight on the island's swimming talents. Her 100m Gold medal hit a number of milestones:
- She is the first black woman to win a swimming world title.
- In equaling the world record of 1:02.36 set by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte in 2013, she is only the second black woman to hold a world short course record, following Enith Brigitha of the Netherlands 40 years ago.
- She won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in world swimming championships.
It is exciting to see swimming gaining even more popularity not only in Jamaica, but across the Caribbean region. Swimming talents are coming from the Bahamas, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, and there will be more sensational swimmers competing at international levels in the near future. But for now, follow Alia on her Instagram account to get a glimpse of her life.Credit - @alia_atkinson