2023 KALEV OPEN
- Saturday, November 18th & Sunday, November 19th
- Tallinn, Estonia
- SCM (25m)
Competing on day two of the 2023 Kalev Open, the European Junior Championships multi-gold medalist hit new Estonian standards in both the short course 50 and 200 breaststroke events.
In the 50m, Jefimova stopped the clock in a mighty 29.48 for a new lifetime best. That effort sliced .18 off of the 29.66 she logged just last month.
The teen now ranks #3 in the world on the season and her new PB would have earned gold at the 2021 European Short Course Championships.
Perhaps even more impressive was Jefimova’s head-turning performance in the 200m distance. She stopped the clock in a time of 2:19.23 to dip under the 2:20 barrier for the first time in her promising young career.
Jefimova opened in 1:07.15 and closed in 1:12.08 en route to crushing her previous lifetime best of 2:22.20. That former Estonian NR was registered in Berlin 2 years ago when she was just 14 years of age.
She now ranks #1 in the world in the 200m breast this season, joining Italy’s Francesca Fangio (2:19.99) as the only swimmers to be in the 2:19-zone thus far this season.