TOKYO, Japan, November 10. AFTER a particularly rough FINA World Cup circuit during which she’s drawn disqualifications on a routine basis, Russia’s Yuliya Efimova finally had her major breakthrough in Tokyo. She clipped the world record in the sprint breaststroke event. Efimova raced her way to a 28.71 in the event to take down Jessica Hardy’s 2009 effort of 28.80 posted at the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup circuit that year.
That’s another world record for Efimova this year as she was part of the epic revision of the women’s breaststroke world records this summer in the long course events, but did not wind up remaining in possession of any of the three. Tonight, however, she was able to collect a hefty $10,000 world-record bonus for her efforts.
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson raced her way to second in 29.06, just off her now third-ranked season best of 28.94 from the Singapore stop, while Germany’s Dorothea Brandt picked up third-place honors in 30.16.
Great Britain’s Sophie Allen (30.35), Japan’s Mina Matsushima (30.93), Japan’s Mio Motegi (31.01), Japan’s Saki Ikuyama (31.10) and Japan’s Maya Hamano (31.32) also were part of this historic finale.