FINA World Championships Predictions: Women’s 200 Breast

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Yulia Efimova has already made a run at the world record in the women’s 200 breast this year, and it would be tough to see anyone stopping her from taking gold at the FINA World Championships.

Rie Kaneto, who won Olympic gold last summer in the event, has not competed so far this year, and neither has Kanako Watanabe, Kaneto’s Japanese countrywoman who won the World title in the event back in 2015.

Lilly King, the Olympic gold medalist in the 100 breast, has made major improvements in the 200, but after not even making the 200 final in Rio, just winning a medal would be an impressive effort here.

Efimova has won a World title in the 200 breast before, back in 2013. That was the meet when Rikke Moeller Pedersen set a still-standing world record of 2:19.11 in the semi-finals, and that’s the mark Efimova will be chasing in Budapest.

Read below to see what Swimming World’s trio of experts think will happen in Budapest. David RiederJohn Lohn and Andy Ross will each offer their predictions for who will finish on the podium.

Women’s 200 Breast

Current Records:

World Record: Rikke Moeller Pedersen, DEN (2013) — 2:19.11
Championship Record: Rikke Moeller Pedersen, DEN (2013) — 2:19.11
American Record: Rebecca Soni (2012) — 2:19.59

2015 World Champion: Kanako Watanabe, JPN — 2:21.15
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist: Rie Kaneto, JPN — 2:20.30
2017 World No. 1: Yulia Efimova, RUS — 2:19.83

Swimming World Predictions

David Rieder’s Picks:

Gold: Yulia Efimova, RUS
Silver: Lilly King, USA
Bronze: Shi Jinglin, CHN

John Lohn’s Picks:

Gold: Yulia Efimova, RUS
Silver: Shi Jinglin, CHN
Bronze: Lilly King, USA

Andy Ross’ Picks:

Gold: Yulia Efimova, RUS
Silver: Lilly King, USA
Bronze: Taylor McKeown, AUS

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  1. avatar

    Hard to go past Efimova for gold. Minors a rather open book. Both Americans have medal possibilities as do both Brits. With the 2 premier JAP 200 breaststrokers not present, it will be interesting to see what their replacements can deliver. McKeown has the potential to contend but, regrettably, has a history of allowing nerves/the occaision get to her. Shi Jinglin has the Rio bronze medal but her times this year have been “muted”, probably the X factor in the medal equation

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      John Jones

      You = moron

Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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