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WATCH: Yulia Efimova Finger-Wags Her Way To Threaten 100m Breast WR

WATCH: Yulia Efimova Finger-Wags Her Way To Threaten 100m Breast WR
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2017 FINA World Championships

July 23-30, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
Dagály Aquatics Arena

Women 100m Breaststroke -- SEMIFINALS
World Record: 1:04.35 -- Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2013
Championship Record: 1:04.35 -- Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2013
World Junior Record: 1:05.39 -- Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2014
American Record: 1:04.45 -- Jessica Hardy (USA), 2009

​1.) Yulia Efimova (Russia) -- 1:04.36​ ​(Q)
2.) Lilly King (USA) -- 1:04.53 ​(Q)
3.) Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania) -- 1:05.06 ​(Q)
4.) Katie Meili (USA) -- 1:05.48 ​(Q)
5.) Jinglin Shi (China) -- 1:06.47 ​(Q)
6.) Kierra Smith (Canada) -- 1:06.62 ​(Q)
6.) Jessica Vall (Spain) -- 1:06.62 ​(Q)
8.) Sarah Vasey (Great Britain) -- 1:06.81 ​(Q)

IT. IS. ON. In the first semifinal, Russia's ​​Yulia Efimova​ dropped a massive 1:04.36 -- just one one-hundredth off of the world record. What did she do immediately after seeing the scoreboard? Waved her finger. Uh oh. In the second semifinal, ​Lilly King​ of the United States responded by blazing the first 50 meters in 29.90 -- under world record pace -- and finished in 1:04.53. That is a best time for King and you better believe one of these two will break the world record in the final on Tuesday night -- or die trying. In third is the current world record holder, ​​Ruta Meilutyte​ of Lithuania, in 1:05.06. This is going to be a race for the ages.


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