Efimova Drops 1:04.8 100 Breast, Moves Into 3rd On All-Time List


After a nasty 200 breast at the second stop of the Mare Nostrum tour that brought her within seven tenths of the world record, Russia’s Yuliya Efimova threw down an equally impressive 100 on day 1 of the final stop in Canet-en-Roussillon.

Efimova went 1:04.82 for the win, breaking her own Russian Record of 1:05.02 set back in 2013 and moving past Rebecca Soni and Lilly King for 3rd on the all-time top performers list. Along with becoming the 3rd fastest performer in history, the swim was also the 5th fastest performance in history. World record holder Ruta Meilutyte has been faster three times, and American Jessica Hardy was faster once back in 2009.

Take a look at the five fastest performers in history:

  1. Ruta Meilutyte, 1:04.35, 2013 World Championships
  2. Jessica Hardy, 1:04.45, 2009 U.S. Open
  3. Yuliya Efimova, 1:04.82, 2017 Mare Nostrum
  4. Rebecca Soni, 1:04.84, 2009 World Championships
  5. Lilly King, 1:04.93, 2016 Olympic Games

The swim, nearly seven tenths faster than she was at the Olympics, sets up another epic showdown between her and King at the upcoming World Championships. King was very outspoken about Efimova’s history with doping in Rio, and will need to be on her A-game if she’s to prevent Efimova from defending her World title.

Sweden’s Jennie Johansson took silver behind Efimova in 1:06.79, and Australia’s Jessica Hansen was 3rd in 1:07.06.

We’ll see what the Russian has in store for the 200 tomorrow, as her 100 was over eight tenths better than it was in Barcelona, where she cranked out that 2:19 200 breast.

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3 years ago


Reply to  Leonardmatt
3 years ago

Yulia, your second career awaits you. Give up the juice, give up the swimming and get a real job. You know that you will be successful in your next career move.

3 years ago

She said probably pumped full off ..uh…*cough*…joy

Hook em
3 years ago

Seems perfectly legitimate ?

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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