Yulia Efimova Claims Championship Record in 100 Breast Semi-Finals

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Russia’s Yulia Efimova used her typical go-out-slow, come-back-fast strategy in the women’s 100 breast European semi-finals, and she turned in the top time with a 1:05.77. She broke the championship record of 1:06.16, a mark set by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte two years ago.

Efimova holds the top time in the world at 1:04.98, followed by American rival Lilly King in 1:05.36. Whatever happens in the final, Efimova will be looking to post a mark out of reach for King, who will compete next week at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo.

Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor qualified second in 1:06.89, and Italy’s Arianna Castiglioni took third in 1:06.91. Also under 1:07 was Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero (1:06.98).

Meilutyte took fifth in 1:07.06, and joining her in the final will be Spain’s Marina Garcia Urzainqui (1:07.48), Sweden’s Sophie Hansson (1:07.51) and Italy’s Martina Carraro (1:07.61).