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.