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This Black Jamaican Woman Just Made Swimming History And Her Reaction Was Amazing

Alia Atkinson could barely believe she had become the first black woman to claim a world title in the pool. h/t CNN.

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Jamaica's Alia Atkinson has become the first black woman to claim a world title in the pool, finishing first in the final of the 100 meters breaststroke at the world short course swimming championships in Doha.

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The 25-year-old went into the final as the second favorite behind Lithuania's Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte.

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So when she finished the race, lifted her goggles, and looked to the scoreboard to see she had won, her reaction was priceless.

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"In the last 25 meters, I made sure the pull-out was the best, I really wanted to get that momentum coming up and I think I did that for the most part," she told the swimming website FINA. "While I was going up I realized I was catching up so I was just trying to get a good finish."

"I'm not used to seeing my name up in number 1 so it was kind of a shock, but a good one!"

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Once she had gotten her head around her victory, it was time to celebrate.

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She had also managed to equal the world record for the race, and won Jamaica's first gold medal ever in the history of the championships.

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Jamaicans are naturally very proud of their history-making swimming superstar.

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BREAKING: Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson made history becoming 1st black woman to win a world title 1:02:36 #WR

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Congratulations, Alia!

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