No World Record, But Efimova Thrilled With Gold

Russian Yuliya Efimova [Photo: Aniko Kovacs]

The emotion spent celebrating and coming down from an all-time high can be difficult for an athlete to handle. It’s a situation which Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen faced after breaking the world record in the semifinals of the 200 breaststroke. It turned out she was unable to replicate the performance, leaving the door open for a competitor to take advantage. Yuliya Efimova stepped through.

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