Russian Women Break European Record To Win Medley Relay Silver


The Americans were the heavy favorites for gold in the women’s 400 medley relay, boasting four individual medalists on their squad, but the other spots on the podium were largely up for grabs.

The Russians were in the mix, but the Australians were the definite favorites for silver. However, the team of Anastasia FesikovaYuliya EfimovaSvetlana Chimrova and Veronika Popova put together four superb legs to claim the 2nd spot in a new European record time of 3:53.38.

Efimova wins her 4th medal of the competition, throwing down the fastest breaststroke leg in history at 1:04.03.

The swim erases over a second and a half off Denmark’s mark of 3:55.01, set in 2016 when they won the Olympic bronze medal. They also break their national record, comprised of the same four athletes, by over two seconds. It was 3:55.66, also set at the Olympic Games.

Check out a split comparison of the previous and new European record setting teams:

Russia – 3:53.38 Denmark – 3:55.01
Fesikova (58.96) Nielsen (58.75)
Efimova (1:04.03) Pedersen (1:06.62)
Chimrova (56.99) Ottesen (56.43)
Popova (53.40) Blume (53.21)

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Caeleb Dressel is fast

Vlad Squad loves breaststroke

ahhahah. i honestly dont know how people can thumbs down this has nothing bad in it. Im laughing so hard

Vlad Squad loves breaststroke

Congrats guys you guys worked hard

Vlad Squad loves breaststroke

i was watching this on TV it was amazing to see Yuliya beat King and still have the TV announcers say that King got a better split. Too bad this split cant get Kings butt off the WR. hopefully this gives Efimova confidence for her to do this in an individual race. But it might not be possible because relays are usually faster than individuals.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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