Yuliya Efimova Tops World Rankings in 100 Breast in First Meet Back from Ban

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Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Russia’s Yuliya Efimova, who just finished her lengthy ban for a positive doping test, just moved to the top of the world rankings in the 100-meter breast at the Mission Viejo Senior Long Course Meet.

Efimova, swimming for the Trojan Swim Club, threw down a sizzling time of 1:05.89 to move almost a full second ahead of Alia Atkinson’s previous top time of 1:06.79 from the Orlando stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series.

Efimova split the race 31.26, 34.63 after clocking a preliminary time of 1:07.19.

Efimova qualified first in the 200-meter IM this morning with a 2:17.36 before dropping some time with a 2:15.60 to win the finale.

She split the medley 29.17, 1:04.29 (35.12), 1:41.44 (37.15), 2:15.60 (34.16).

Efimova moves another step forward in the journey to defending her 2013 world titles in the 50 and 200 breaststrokes. She’ll need to qualify for the Russian world team at next month’s nationals, and that looks like a strong possibility. With the world championships taking place in her home country, Efimova appears to be on track to give her homeland a boost as it moves on from a host of other drug suspensions in the past two years.

Efimova’s drug suspensions came as the result of a positive test at the FINA World Cup in October 2013. Her world records and prize money from the affected meets were deemed null and void. Since then, the world of women’s breaststroke has not waited for her, and competition in Kazan will be very competitive.

8 comments

  1. Tammy Lee

    Uh huh, that’s suspect.

  2. avatar
    Mads

    Trojan Swim Club = doping?

    Efimova, Hardy and Mellouli have all ties to that club, a coincidence?

  3. avatar
    Ridiculous

    Can’t believe anyone would celebrate her swims after she’s proven to be a cheat.