Atkinson swam in the 100 breaststroke preliminary heats on Sunday night at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, her fifth Olympic Games.
She placed third in her group but did not advance to the next round. A. Atkinson has qualified for the final of this event at the last two Olympic Games, finishing in the top eight in both London (2012) and Rio (2016).
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She said, “Ask me about it next year if we happen to cross paths again; for now, that’s not on the agenda.”
I still have World Cups and the ISL [International Swimming League] to compete in this year, so we’ll see what happens then, and then in December we’ll probably take a look at where I am in life.
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A. Atkinson has moved on to planning for subsequent stages.
The release of my book is exciting, and I’ll also soon be hosting swim camps and classes in various locations across the world, so that should be a lot of fun.
I want to invest more time into writing children’s books to see whether that’s a field I can succeed in. I’ve always been interested in that direction, but never had the time to devote to it.
In the 100-breaststroke event at the 2014 FINA Short Course Global Championships in Doha, Qatar, Atkinson made history by becoming the first black woman to win a world title. When she won gold in the World Championships, she tied the world record and made history by becoming the first Jamaican to do so in any sport.
While at Doha, she also competed in the 50-breast event, where she placed second and won silver.
At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan the following August, she won bronze in the 100 breast and silver in the 50 breast, making her the first Jamaican swimmer to earn a medal at a long course championships.
At the 2018 World Cup, A. Atkinson shattered the previous record in the SCM 50 breast. She won the 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke events and bronze in the 100-meter individual medley at the World Championships later that year. She
She earned 19 NCAA All-America honours while playing at Texas A&M. A three-time Big 12 champion in the 100/200 breast, she also won the NCAA title in the 200 breast in 2010. (2007, 2008, and 2010).
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