Race Video: Efimova Misses 100 Breast WR by .01 (then wags finger…)


Russia’s Yuliya Efimova clocked a 1:04.36 in the first semi-final of the women’s 100m breaststroke on Monday evening in Budapest. It was the second-fastest swim in history, only .01 off the world record of 1:04.35, set by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte in 2013.


  1. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 1:04.35, 2013
  2. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 1:04.36, 2017
  3. Jessica Hardy (USA), 1:04.45, 2009
  4. Lilly King (USA), 1:04.53, 2017
  5. Rebecca Soni (USA), 1:04.84, 2009

Efimova gave a little smile and wagged her finger at the end of her race, replaying the cinematic rivalry she and Lilly King had in Rio last summer. Feuds aside, it was a strong performance and sets Efimova up for Tuesday night’s final with the fastest qualifying time in the field. King qualified second with 1:04.53; Meilutyte was third with 1:05.06.

Watch the semi-final race below courtesy of NBC Sports.

Write-up by Lauren Neidigh:


TOP 8:

  1. Yuliya Efimova, RUS, 1:04.36
  2. Lilly King, USA, 1:04.53
  3. Ruta Meilutyte, LTU, 1:05.06
  4. Katie Meili, USA, 1:05.48
  5. Shi Jinglin, CHN, 1:06.47
  6. Jessica Vall, ESP, 1:06.62
  7. Kierra Smith, CAN, 1:06.62
  8. Sarah Vasey, GBR, 1:06.81

Russia’s Yuliya Efimova was over a half second shy of World Record pace at the 50, but flew through the back half to miss the mark by just a hundredth with her 1:04.36 in semifinal 1. Lilly King answered in the next heat with a personal best 1:04.53 to miss the American Record by hundredths.

World Record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania put up a 1:05.06, marking her fastest performance in this event since she 2013. Those 3 are shaping up to be the favorites for the medals in this race, but the USA’s Katie Meili(1:05.48) is also in the conversation after qualifying 4th in a new best time.


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56 Comments on "Race Video: Efimova Misses 100 Breast WR by .01 (then wags finger…)"

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You misspelled “Lance Armstrong”.

yOu MiSsEd SpElLeD lAnCe ArMsTrOnG

Better living through chemistry! 👍

I nearly threw up. Hopefully she used too much of her energy going that and those two 200 ims on day one wore her out so we will see 1:04 high. King can rise to the occasion and I really hope she does

if you’re serious then I think maybe you should reevaluate how you are processing your emotions, because that is not a healthy reaction to something like this.

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