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).

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Author: David Rieder

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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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