Yulia Efimova and other 2016 Russian Olympic swimmers received an award from Russia for their accomplishments at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Efimova, along with Evgeny Rylov and Anton Chupkov, were honored by Russia at the Kremlin on August 25, 2016. Efimova won silver in both the 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes, while Rylov and Chupkov each won a bronze medal in the 200 backstroke and breaststroke, respectively. All three of the swimmers were awarded the Master of Sports of Russia award. The award originated with the USSR, and is given to any Russian athlete who has won a medal at an Olympic Games or contributed to sports internationally. Efimova was also awarded with the Medal of Order “For Service to Motherland”, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Russian Federation. This lifetime achievement award is for Russian citizens who contribute to the benefit of the country.
Efimova and the Russian Olympic Federation came under controversy before the 2016 Olympic Games for the discovery of a widespread doping scandal, reaching every sport, dating back to the 2014 Olympics. Efimova was originally barred from competing in Rio, but after appeal she was allowed to compete. She later made headlines for her altercation with American breaststroker Lilly King, who called Efimova out for her two positive doping tests. However, both Chupkov and Rylov have not been accused of doping and were not included in the list of Russian swimmers originally suspended from competing in Rio.