In the final heat of the women’s 50 breaststroke during the day 6 prelims, Yuliya Efimova made sure that every women’s breaststroke World Record had been wiped off of the record board. Throughout the week, Ruta Meilutytte broke the 100 breaststroke record, Rikke Moeller-Pederson broke the 200 breaststroke record, and finally, Yuliya Efimova breaks the 50 breaststroke World Record. She swam to a time of 29.78, .02 seconds faster than Jessica Hardy‘s previous World Record from 2009 at 29.80. Jessica Hardy did not let the record go down without a fight, she finished second in the same heat with her time of 29.99, but it was not enough.
Yuliya Efimova has shown great versatility in her breaststroke. Last night, she won the women’s 200 breaststroke, reaching the wall just before World Record holder, Rikke Moeller-Pederson. She made her first Olympic team in 2008, where she finished 4th in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 breaststroke. Last summer in London, she won the bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke.
Efimova and Hardy have both trained with Dave Salo at the University of Southern California together.
Her time of 29.78 will stand not only as the World Record, but the European and Championship Record as well.
This race will be very competitive as the meet continues. Jessica Hardy will be very quick through the semi-finals and finals, as well as Ruta Meilutyte, who finished in third with a time of 30.07 this morning.