Alia Atkinson

Alia Atkinson

*Apparently, some black people can swim.

And Alia Atkinson (pictured above) found it hard to compose herself after hearing she had won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.

According to the BBCshe also became the first black woman to win a world title in swimming.

The 25-year-old swimmer hails from Jamaica. She placed fourth at the 2012 London Olympics and even won three world short-course silver medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke before that. Atkinson also  tied for the world record with the reigning champ, Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania.

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