2016 FINA WORLD CUP MOSCOW
- Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4, 2016
- Olimpiyskiy Swimming Pool, Moscow, Russia
- Short course – 25 m
- Points after Berlin
- Money after Berlin
- Entry Lists
- Live stream
- Live results
Yulia Efimova made the FINA World Cup stop in her home nation a smashing success, setting new Russian records in the 100 breast and 200 IM.
The 24-year-old Russian swept all three breaststroke races in Moscow, going 1:02.91 to win the 100 and take the national record below 1:03 for the first time. Efimova had previously set the national record at 1:03.17 earlier in the week at the World Cup stop in Berlin.
Efimova was just 3rd in the 200 IM, but still managed to become the fastest Russian in history. Her 2:06.79 breaks another record she set at the Berlin World Cup stop. Efimova was 2:06.93 in Berlin.
It’s been an eventful and difficult few months for Efimova. Early in 2016, she failed a doping test for meldonium, a drug that had just become illegal in January of 2016. But as new information suggested the substance could stay in an athlete’s system longer than expected, and many of the athletes expected to serve suspensions were not banned from competition. That group included Efimova.
But the Russian still took plenty of heat at the Olympics, hearing boos prior to her races and taking some harsh words from other swimmers, most notably American Lilly King.
And while the Olympics weren’t an outstanding showing for Efimova, the breaststroker has been heating up through the World Cup’s first cluster and had an excellent meet in Moscow.