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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4 years ago


Reply to  Leonardmatt
4 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.

4 years ago

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

Hook em
4 years ago

Seems perfectly legitimate ?

4 years ago

Lilly has a close challenger now in the 100 breaststroke. She says she wants the WR, and now she has Yulia to push her to that goal.

The media is sure to grab on to this “epic showdown” and build some tension.

Reply to  marklewis
4 years ago

More the Lilly is the challenger. She isn’t the favorite anymore.

Reply to  Swimmer?
4 years ago

Btw I don’t support this recent swim. I strongly suspect dope.

4 years ago

Oh yea…my girl is on target to win WC and destroy her “Regal” opponent! The classic showdown of the Beauty and the Beast.

4 years ago

Lilly is indeed now the challenger, not the “king” to be dethroned. Hopefully she can give have a race with Yulia in the 200 and not just the 100!

Reply to  YoungFish11
4 years ago

King probably won’t final in 200 let alone challenge.

Coach Eve
Reply to  GOYULIA
4 years ago

I would advise you not to bet against “our girl”. #cleansport

4 years ago

It is good she is finally getting the recognition she deserves. When you consider all the interruptions in her preparations last year leading up to Rio, this is no surprise at all.

Reply to  GOYULIA
4 years ago

What like when she was banned for taking performance enhancing drugs? Hate it when you get caught. It’s such an interruption to preparations.

Coach John
Reply to  GOYULIA
4 years ago


4 years ago

#2 and 3 on the list are both cheaters

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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