Efimova Comes Within .01 of 100 Breast WR, Wags Finger


Controversial Russian Yuliya Efimova produced the second fastest swim in the history of the women’s 100 breast during the 2nd finals session in Budapest, clocking in at 1:04.36 in the first semi-final. The world record currently stands at 1:04.35, set by Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte at the 2013 Championships in Barcelona.

Efimova, who had an ongoing feud with American Lilly King last summer in Rio amid her own doping controversy, mockingly wagged her finger after the swim. The finger wag became famous when Efimova did it in semi 1, and then King mockingly did it in the 2nd semi at the Olympics, after she went a faster time.

In the second semi, King went 1:04.53, a new best time and the 6th fastest performance in history. She also becomes the 4th fastest performer in history. Efimova’s best time coming into the meet was 1:04.82, which was also the Russian Record that has now been lowered.

Meilutyte, who was off in Rio placing 7th, announces her return to the top tier in this event qualifying 3rd behind the two polarizing figures in 1:05.06. Katie Meili qualified 4th overall in 1:05.48, and the Rio bronze medalist will battle the world record holder for the 3rd place medal once again in the final.

5 Fastest Performers All-Time – Women’s 100 Breast

  1. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 1:04.35, 2013
  2. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 1:04.36, 2017
  3. Jessica Hardy (USA), 1:04.45, 2009
  4. Lilly King (USA), 1:04.53, 2017
  5. Rebecca Soni (USA), 1:04.84, 2009

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Her nails blinded me from the finger wag.


Love it


I love this. Ive never been excited for a womens breastroke final before

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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