Yuliya Efimova, Back From Ban, Opens Russian Nationals With World No 1 Dash

Russian Yuliya Efimova [La Presse/Arena]

Yuliya Efimova, back from a doping ban, rose to No1 on the world rankings with a 30.39 win in the 50m breaststroke, after a 30.41 in semis, on the first day of Russian nationals in Moscow

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Yuliya Efimova, back from a doping ban, rose to No1 on the world rankings with a 30.39 win in the 50m breaststroke, after a 30.41 in semis, on the first day of Russian nationals in Moscow

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Danjohnrob

It’s interesting how many notable swims in this article were performed by athletes with a history of doping offenses.

I wonder if the fact that Russia is having its Trials this week motivated Vyatchanin to post some good times at the Arena PSS Mesa meet?

aswimfan

Lol at Efimova and Ustinova.

How old is Ilya Khomenko?
His rate of improvement in the past 2 years has been impressive. As a junior, in early 2013 he swam around 2:18-2:20
And then last year at euro he swam 2:10
Will be interesting to see his final time today.

Rain Maker

I guess if Yuliya put up good times a few weeks back it would stand to reason that she would put up good times for the Russian Nationals.

Maybe we’ll see a 1:05 and a 2:21 from her?

Peter

all these doping banned swimmers who swim world class times on their first entry back in (inter)national waters. Bans that just are perfectly scheduled to enter qualifying events for the big meets. , I have my doubts about it all. Or there still is something illegal going on or could be that the once used ‘aids’ still have an effect even months/years later on.

Viva la Bang

Expect fast times from the Russians they have the world champs and will come out firing, drugs or no drugs!

Craig Lord

Peter, I think there’s a lot of variation in cases, with intentional cheating through to mistakes in the mix – making generalisation unsatisfactory on the trail of explanation. There’s no question that use of some banned substances has long-term effects stretching into a time when an athlete has stopped taking the substance. On concern is also that banned athletes would appear to be training on with coaches and in official programs throughout suspension periods. The 2015 WADA Code clearly forbids this.

Wirotomo

Ilya Khomenko born on 14 October 1995.

In 2013, he is a world junior champion in 100m breast (1:00.88).
But In Euro 2014, he didn’t compete in 100m breast. But He makes finals in 200m. His best time is 2:10.00 in semi.

Either he thinks 100m is loaded so he change to 200m, or in Russia trials he’s disqualified in 100m.

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