Yulia Efimova Splits 1:03.95 to Lead Russia to Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay Title

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Shortly after winning her third individual breaststroke gold medal of the week, Yulia Efimova posted the fastest 100 breast split in history to give Russia a win in the women’s 4×100 medley relay, the final event of the European Championships. Efimova split 1:03.95 on the breaststroke leg, the first sub-1:04 split ever recorded

Anastasia Fesikova (59.56), Efimova, Svetlana Chimrova (57.34) and Mariia Kameneva (53.37) combined for a time of 3:54.22, smashing the championship record of 3:55.62 set by Denmark in 2014.

Denmark finished second here as Mie NielsenRikke Moeller PedersenEmilie Beckmann and Pernille Blume swam a 3:56.69. Blume’s 51.77 anchor split was the fastest in the field.

Great Britain’s squad of Georgia DaviesSiobhan-Marie O’ConnorAlys Thomas and Freya Anderson took bronze in 3:56.91. The 17-year-old Anderson, who already anchored two relays to gold medals this week, split 52.69 to just edge out Italy (3:57.00) for the final spot on the podium. Italian anchor Federica Pellegrini dove into the pool in second, but she didn’t have enough at the end, splitting 53.30.

The Netherlands finished fifth in 3:58.94 after Femke Heemskerk anchored in 52.84. The final also included France (3:59.85), Germany (4:01.10) and Hungary (4:04.58).

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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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