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

2017 MARE NOSTRUM TOUR – CANET

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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Alessia
4 years ago

What an amazing performance! Congrats Yulia!!!

Jorge
4 years ago

Where are training Efimova now?

emg1986
Reply to  Jorge
4 years ago

Oh her and Doc Brown pop back in their DeLorean to the 1970’s GDR, have great coaching team.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Efimova looks stronger than ever….

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Hopefully for her rivals she peaks too early.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

lets hope something special happens …….and it will

Tedward
4 years ago

Efimova’s contiuned participation is detrimental to the legitimacy of every world class swimmer’s performance. She should not be racing.

Adam
4 years ago

She got the juice

Kelsey
4 years ago

Once a doper, always a doper.
#isupportcleansport
#goking
#anyonebutyuliadopimova
#dontcompareyuliatojones

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Kelsey
4 years ago

Agreed!!!!

75M FREE
Reply to  Kelsey
4 years ago

LOL. Resurrecting the “dopimova” from last year. Love it.

Youssef
Reply to  75M FREE
4 years ago

love your nickname.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Kelsey
4 years ago

Why some people can’t talk today without ##############? 🙄

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

without hashtags

G.I.N.A
4 years ago

Efimova & liesel Jones have similar trajectories .Both hit 67 flat at 15 & plateaued at the 100 but did gain endurance in the 200. Both also were in the 2 .14 IM.range .

Them they made radical coaching changes after 4 -5 years into established sprint programs that already had wr holders. Then tbe original speed re surfaced & after 7 years they both were world champs in home meet . After Jones got the gold in 08 she didn’t need it anymore yet Efimova carried on with another twist in the journey . Also Efimova had the faster start thus the 50m superirity ,Jones had excellent turns but they swam similar races for similar times .

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Scott Morgan
Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

Ok, but Jones was dominant and virtually unbeatable for 4 years with a spotless record. The other has multiple doping infractions and can never win when it counts. One is a legend. The other is convicted cheater.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Scott Morgan
4 years ago

Sometimes you have to concentrate on the subject which in this case is womens breastroke technicals . Both are controversial personalities in their own way . It is up to you to prefer one or the other & waste your time judging .

If you have any input into the development of mid – late teen female breastrokers please contribute .I have left the door open to discus respectfully anyone from the 14 year old 92 champ to Amanda , Agnes , Meghan , Rute – all young stars .

Sir Swimsalot
4 years ago

Oh boy, here we go.

About James Sutherland

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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