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Fina World Cup. Efimova breaks world record in Tokyo

Nov 10, 2013  - Fabio Terrone

TOKYO - Russia's Yulia Yefimova set a new world 50 metres breaststroke record on Sunday, with a time of 28.71 seconds.

Efimova's record, set at the FINA World Cup meeting in Tokyo, topped the mark set by US swimmer Jessica Hardy in Berlin during the FINA tournament, four years ago.

World record evolution (Time, Name/Nationality, Place, Date):
28.71 Yuliya Efimova RUS Tokyo 10.11.13
28.80 Jessica Hardy USA Berlin 15.11.09
28.96 Jessica Hardy USA Stockholm 11.11.09
29.36 Jessica Hardy USA Moscow 07.11.09
29.45 Jessica Hardy USA Durban 17.10.09
29.58 Jessica Hardy USA Manchester 10.04.08
29.90 Jade Edmistone AUS Brisbane 26.09.04
29.96 Emma Igelstrrroem SWE Moscow 02.04.02
30.24 Emma Igelstroem SWE Gotheborg 14.03.02
30.31 Zoe Baker GBR Berlin 27.01.02

The previous European record of 28.89 was held by Ruta Meilutyte (Moscow, World Cup, Ocotber 13).

Australia set a couple of new world marks in the medley relays.

Tommaso D'Orsogna, Travis Mahoney, Cate and Bronte Campbell won the 4x50 freestyle relay in 1:29.61 to beat the mark of 1:31.13 set in the morning's heats. The previous world best was set by Japan winning the final with 1:32.52 in Doha.

On Saturday, the team composed of Robert Hurley, Christian Sprenger, Alicia Coutts and Cate Campbell clocked 1:37.84 in the medley relay to better the former world record of 1:38.02 set by Australia in Singapore.