14-Year-Old Eneli Jefimova Hits 1:06.47 100 Breaststroke Estonian Record

2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Swimming in the semi-finals of the 2021 European Swimming Championships, 14-year-old Eneli Jefimova delivered a 1:06.47 Estonian record, lowering her own mark from a 1:06.82 which she set earlier this year at the 2021 Swim Open Stockholm.

Jefimova’s swim was fast enough to earn 4th place in her semi and 8th place overall, allowing her to move on to the finals heat which will take place on Wednesday, May 18. The semi-finals were lead by Sweden’s Sophie Hansson who was the only swimming to get under 1:06 in the event with a 1:05.69 national record.

2021 European Championships Women’s 100 Breaststroke Semi-final Results

  1. Sophie Hansson (SWE), 1:05.69
  2. Martina Carraro (ITA), 1:06.09
  3. Molly Renshaw (GBR), 1:06.21
  4. Arianna Castiglioni (ITA) / Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 1:06.24
  5. Mona McSharry (IRL), 1:06.42
  6. Eneli Jefimova (EST), 1:06.47
  7. Sarah Vasey (GBR), 1:06.53

Jefimova has now been under the FINA A standard of 1:07.07 a number of times this season and has thus qualified to swim the event for Estonia at the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games.

While she was only 12 years old at the time and wasn’t present at the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships, Jefimova’s 1:06.47 would have been good enough to win gold at the 2019 World Swimming Championships, beating Evgeniia Chikunova’s winning time of 1:06.93 for Russia. Additionally, the time would have placed 5th at both the 2016 Olympics and 2019 World Championships.

Jefimova’s swim makes her the fastest-ever 14-year-old in the event and the 14th fastest 18&U swimmer in history.

  1. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 1:04.35 (Age 16, 2013)
  2. Yuliya Efimova (RUS) – 1:05.41 (Age 17, 2009)
  3. Kasey Carlson (USA) – 1:05.75 (Age 17, 2009)
  4. Kanako Watanabe – 1:05.88 (Age 17, 2014)
  5. Benedetta Pilato – 1:06.00 (Age 16, 2021)
  6. Qianting Tang – 1:06.04 (Age 17, 2021)
  7. Evgeniia Chikunova – 1:06.06 (Age 16, 2021)
  8. Georgia Bohl – 1:06.12 (Age 18, 2016)
  9. Jessica Hardy (USA) – 1:06.20 (Age 18, 2005)
  10. Sophie Taylor (GBR) – 1:06.35 (Age 18, 2014)
  11. Leisel Jones (AUS) – 1:06.37 (Age 17, 2003)
  12. Lydia Jacoby (USA) – 1:06.38 (Age 17, 2021)
  13. Lilly King (USA) – 1:06.43 (Age 18, 2015)
  14. Eneli Jefimova – 1:06.47 (Age 14, 2021)

While Lithuanian breaststroker Ruta Meilutyte holds the fastest swim from a junior in history with her 1:04.35 former world record, her quickest swim at age 14 was a 1:07.30 at the British Gas Swimming Championships in 2012. With her 1:06.47, Jefimova now ranks #14 in the world this season.

2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Breast

LillyUSA
King
06/14
1:04.72
2Tatjana
Schoenmaker
RSA1:04.8207/25
3Lydia
Jacoby
USA1:04.9507/27
4Annie
Lazor
USA1:05.3706/14
5Sophie
Hansson
SWE1:05.6607/25
6Arianna
Castiglioni
ITA1:05.6706/25
7Bethany
Galat
USA1:05.7506/15
8Benedetta
Pilato
ITA1:05.8406/25
9Martina
Carraro
ITA1:05.8507/25
10Evgeniia
Chikunova
RUS1:05.9007/27
11Chelsea
Hodges
AUS1:05.9906/13
12Yulia
Efimova
RUS1:06.0207/27
13Tang
Qianting
CHN1:06.0405/01
14Ida
Hulkko
FIN1:06.1907/25
15Molly
Renshaw
GBR1:06.2105/18
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Aquajosh
1 year ago

Young female breaststrokers can do some pretty amazing things. Japan’s Kyoko Iwasaki remains the youngest gold medalist in Olympic swimming history from her win in the 200 breast in Barcelona 1992. She had just barely turned 14 when she did it. (14 years, 6 days)

Maybe Jefimova will follow in Ruta’s (and Kyoko’s) footsteps. Stranger things have happened.

SwimmerNotSwammer
1 year ago

Ruta rd. 2?

Boknows34
Reply to  SwimmerNotSwammer
1 year ago

The Baltic breaststroke with Lithuania and now Estonia. She’ll still be only 17 by Paris 24

Dee
1 year ago

Such a mature swim, she came back like a train.

maybe?
1 year ago

What happened to Sophie Taylor? She kind of just disappeared after the 2014 commonwealth games

Dee
Reply to  maybe?
1 year ago

Took a break less than a year after Commonwealths, when she was still a teen, and it essentially became her retirement from swimming. Big shame, she was so talented.

Last edited 1 year ago by Dee
MaggieMacNeilWalker
1 year ago

Please tell us the “J” is silent.