Yuilya Efimova Shakes Off Doping Suspension for 100 Breast World Title at 2015 FINA World Championships

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After her doping suspension concluded earlier this year, Russia’s Yuliya Efimova has been on fire.  She kept up with that momentum with a world title in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Efimova, who concluded her doping suspension with a sizzler at the Mission Viejo Invitational in March, showed up at the starting blocks to a hero’s ovation in Kazan.  She then backed up that support with a world-title winning time of 1:05.66.

That’s just off her semifinal swim of 1:05.60, but was good enough to give her a fourth world title and a ninth career world medal.

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte, the world-record holder with a 1:04.35 to her credit from 2013, wound up with a silver in 1:06.36.  That’s her third world medal with a gold and two silvers to her credit now.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won her first world medal ever with a bronze-winning 1:06.42 to round out the podium.

Japan’s Kanako Watanabe (1:06.43), China’s Shi Jinglin (1:06.55), Iceland’s Hilda Luthersdottir (1:07.10), Sweden’s Jennie Johansson (1:07.17) and Italy’s Arianna Castiglioni (1:07.60) finished the finale in fourth through eighth.


  • Men’s 200 free finals
  • Women’s 100 back finals
  • Men’s 50 breast semis
  • Women’s 1500 free finals
  • Men’s 100 back finals
  • Women’s 200 free semis
  • Men’s 200 fly semis
  • Women’s 100 breast finals



  1. Anna Urbanová

    Shakes off?! I dont think so…

  2. Sean Banerjee

    Graham Boyer, remember the head tilt?!

  3. Gherghel Cristian

    Bleah… She should have been banned for life.

  4. Sarah Swims

    The look on the other swimmers faces in that final when she won says it all..

  5. Andrew Webber

    Yep, irrelevant, sorry.

  6. avatar

    When a doper wins a world title, the entire sport loses.