Monday, October 14, 2013

Julie Efimova, Yuliya Yefimova, whatever, she's fast and cute

Not long ago in the 2013 World Swimming Championships, Russian woman breaststroke specialist Yulia Yefimova (the Westernized version of her name is Julia Efimova) beat out the challenge of 16-year-old Lithuanian wunderkind Ruta Meilutyte and won the 50 meter breaststroke with a world record, in which she won the gold, and she also won the 200 meter breaststroke, which is impressive considering the differences between flat-out sprinting and distance breaststroke.  

It should be pointed out that Yefimova is Chechnyan, remarkable in itself considering the recent political difficulties in that enclave.

By the way, Meilutyte just set a short-course world record in the 100 meter breaststroke at the FINA World Cup in Moscow.

I happened to be watching the FINA World Cup in Moscow, mentioned above, and saw Yefimova win the 200 meter breaststroke with a new Russian record, after an unfortunate DQ in the 50.  After it was over, I also noticed that she's somewhat cute.  So I did some research on that.  Below are the results of my research.

In her swimsuit:

She can also do this :  (whoever said that world-class athletes are just like the rest of us was wrong)

And in a glamor shot, dry and on land:

Like I said, fast and cute.  (She's only 21, too.)

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