Efimova Comments on Racing Lilly King from Across the World (Video)


The last 40 days has seen the #1 world ranking in the women’s 100m Breast switch hands a whopping 4 times, but between only 2 women. On May 19, Lilly King swam a 1:05.90 at the Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis, tying her for first in the world with Japanese swimmer Reona Aoki. less than 3 weeks later, on June 9, Yulia Efimova touched at 1:05.78 in Canet-en-Roussillon at the Mare Nostrum Tour, picking King off. Just hours later, King swam the same event in Santa Clara at the Pro Swim Series, registering a 1:05.61 to take back her place atop the world.

And today, on June 29, Yulia has blown all previous efforts this year out of the water, touching at 1:04.98 in Rome at the Sette Colli Trophy, which you can read more about below.

Reported by Jame Sutherland.


  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 1:04.98
  2. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, GBR, 1:07.40
  3. Arianna Castiglioni, ITA, 1:07.66

Yuliya Efimova reclaimed her spot atop the world rankings in the women’s 100 breast, becoming the first woman sub-1:05 this year in 1:04.98. She passes Lilly King, had led with a 1:05.61, and also breaks Leisel Jones‘ 10-year-old meet record of 1:05.34.

IM specialist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor took 2nd in 1:07.40, improving her season-best of 1:08.31, and Arianna Castiglioni of Italy and Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark were also sub-1:08 for 3rd and 4th.

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Go Yuliya!! Can’t wait for King to one up you again.


Efimova will blow by the King of Draaaama and send Lilly home in tears. You heard it here first.

Justin Thompson

Would be interesting to see how that would affect King mentally if she got beat in the 100/200. King is so dominant in the 50 I don’t see Efimova taking that.


Efimova is a cheater she deserves all the hate she gets

Ol' Longhorn

If she had a start, she’d be unbelievable. Worst off the blocks of any elite swimmer.

Gator chomp

I think it’s close between her and peaty


What??? Peaty has a slow start?? did you even see his races? He is always ahead of everyone in the starts, just watch closely 🙂

Ol' Longhorn

He has bad underwaters. His blocks-to-the-water is fast. His super narrow kick just doesn’t translate to a big underwater.


Rebecca Soni also had a slow start!


It’s not necessarily just the start. Her pullouts are very weak too.

Ol' Longhorn

If you’re starting dead in the water, you’re going to have a bad pullout. No momentum=poor pullout.


Cate Campbell anyone?

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