Yulia Efimova Completes Breaststroke Sweep with 50-Meter Gold

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After already winning gold in both the 100 and 200 breast, Yulia Efimova put the finishing touches on a sweep. The 26-year-old Russian took gold in the 50 breast with a time of 29.81, slower than the championship record of 29.66 she set in the semi-finals.

Great Britain’s Imogen Clark delighted the home fans in Glasgow with a silver medal, touching in 30.34. Italy’s Arianna Castiglioni took bronze in 30.41, locking European record-holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania off the podium by five-hundredths. Meilutyte’s final time was 30.46.

Finland’s Ida Hulkko (31.02), Italy’s Martina Carraro (31.11), Russia’s Natalia Ivaneeva (31.19) and Sweden’s Sophie Hansson (31.23) wrapped up the final.

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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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