World Record By Yuliya Efimova in 200 Breast; Clears Rebecca Soni From Books

HERNING, Denmark, December 13. THIS year’s complete revision of the women’s breaststroke world record books is complete after Russia’s Yuliya Efimova wiped out former Trojan teammate Rebecca Soni’s 200 breast world record at the European Short Course Championships.

Efimova clocked a sterling time of 2:14.39 to take down Soni’s 2:14.57 from 2009. With that swim, every single women’s breaststroke world record has been set this year as Efimova, Ruta Meilutyte and Rikke Moeller Pedersen tag-teamed to blast the record books. Efimova was pushed by Pedersen this evening with the Dane taking second in 2:15.21.

Comparative splits:
31.05, 1:05.18 (34.13), 1:40.00 (34.82), 2:14.57 (34.57)
30.80, 1:04.79 (33.99), 1:39.74 (34.95), 2:15.21 (35.47)
31.14, 1:05.24 (34.10), 1:39.33 (34.09), 2:14.39 (35.06)

Russia’s Vitalina Simonova took bronze in the finale with a 2:18.88, while Italy’s Giulia De Ascentis (2:20.93) and Lisa Fissneider (2:21.18) placed fourth and fifth.

Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero (2:23.21), Ukraine’s Ganna Dzerkal (2:23.40), Great Britain’s Sophie Allen (2:24.51), Germany’s Vanessa Grimberg (2:24.54) and Germany’s Caroline Ruhnau (2:24.92) also competed for the title in the finale.