Alia Atkinson Becomes The First Black Woman To Win A World Swimming Title


If you believe that stereotype that black women don’t swim, this will definitely prove you wrong.

Jamaican native, Alia Atkinson competed in the FINA World Swimming Championship in Doha, Qatar over the weekend and secured a win for the record books.

At 25-years-old, Atkinson has competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. She finished 25th in ’08 for the 200m breaststroke. in 2010, she earned a gold medal at the NCAA Championship.

Regarding her amazing feat, Atkinson told the AFP “I couldn’t believe it! It came down to the same thing as the 50 and on the 50 I got out-touched so in my mind I went straight back to that.

“I just thought ‘oh okay’ and looked up at the board and it didn’t really click yet and then it really started to click. It took a while!”

See her thrilling, edge-of-your-seat performance below!


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