Rikke Moeller-Pedersen Breaks Rebecca Soni’s 200 Breast World Record

I’m not going to lie, this World Record caught me off guard a little bit. Though, with how Rikke Moeller-Pedersen from Denmark has been swimming since the Olympics, and finally healthy, it certainly shouldn’t have.

Moeller-Pedersen took the top seed in the semi-finals of the women’s 200 breaststroke with a 2:19.11, which broke the 2:19.59 set by American Rebecca Soni at last year’s Olympics as a new World Record. This swim also broke the Championship Record of 2:20.12 set by Canadian Annamay Pierse in 2009.

Moeller-Pedersen already ranked in the top 5 of all-time with her European Record from earlier this year of 2:20.53, but she blew that swim away here.

Moeller-Pedersen’s new speed (she dipped under 1:06 in the 100 meter race earlier this week), but that’s clearly the difference maker for her. Her back-half wasn’t much different than her old personal best and certainly not faster than Soni’s back-half, but Pedersen was out very fast in this race, splitting 1:07.2 in the first 100 meters.

Soni ’12 Moeller-Pedersen ’13 Moeller-Pedersen ’13
Old WR New WR Old PB
32.49 31.80 32.49
35.61 35.47 35.84
35.85 35.62 35.65
35.64 36.22 36.55
2:19.59 2:19.11 2:20.53

She’s the first Danish swimmer to hold a long course World Record in over 50 years.

Russia’s Yulia Efimova was a 2:19.85 for the 2nd seed, making her just the third woman to ever break 2:20.

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Good job Rikke, Denmark is very proud of you. Now go get a massage and a good night’s sleep and finish the job tomorrow 🙂


We all are very proud of her. Her feelings were running high so she must put this swim quicly behind and, just as you put it, have a good night’s sleep in order to be ready to face Efimova tomorrow.



I love this tweet from Lotte:

So proud of roomie @Rikkemp89. NEW WORLD RECORD! Our room have now been under two WR, two European records and 4 Danish records. #roompower



I hope their room has a room for another records and medals as I feel there is more to come. 🙂

SoCal Swimmer

My contacts in SoCal report that they just saw Soni dive in the pool at USC. #gettingbacktowork


hahaha. I heard the same splash! Oh, it was coming from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean?

Lane Four

I expect to see a 2:18 tomorrow. She can definitely do it.

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