Yuliya Efimova Returns to Competition in Los Angeles

FINA World Championships Yuliya Efimova

Yuliya Efimova has returned to competition, swimming at the 2016 Los Angeles Invite this weekend. Earlier this week, the 24 year old was cleared to compete, despite testing positive for meldonium earlier this year.

This morning Efimova posted a 2:29.48 to take the top seed in the 200 breaststroke. Tonight she swam a 2:22.77 to win the event. That time is the seventh best in the world this year. Efimova already owns the second best with her 2:21.41 swum in Orlando in March.

In prelims Efimova also finished 225th in the 50 freestyle, though she likely swam it breaststroke. Her final time in that event was a 31.19, though if it were breaststroke, that time would still unofficially rank outside the world’s top 20 this year.

Efimova is entered in the 100 breaststroke tomorrow morning. She holds the world’s second best time (1:05.70) in that event.

Her last meet was the Arena Pro Swim Series Orlando in March. At that meet, her 200 vaulted her to second in the world and at the time, and she topped the world rankings in the 100. She has been entered in a few meets this spring, but never actually raced.

Efimova will represent Russia in Rio next month. She will enter the Olympics as the reigning World Champion in the 100 breaststroke and a medal contender in the 200 breaststroke.

Full results available on Meet Mobile: “2016 CA Los Angeles Invite”


  1. avatar
    Peter Scott

    Los Angeles Invitational? Was she actualy invited? If so, thus is shamefull! Keep the dopers out of sport and protect the majority of clean athletes!

  2. avatar
    Conner Andrews