Short-course Europeans. Efimova breaks world mark
Fabio Terrone
Yuliya Efimova has set the new 200 metres breaststroke world record. Russia set mixed relay world mark. Nielsen breaks 56-second barrier in 100 backstroke

HERNING - Russian Yuliya Efimova Kukors broke the women's 200m breaststroke world record on Friday with a time of 2:14.39 at the European Short-coursre Championships.

The 21-year-old from Grozny shattered the previous world record of 2:14.57, set by US Rebecca Soni at the 2009 Duel in the Pool.
Last month Efimova set the 50 metres breast world record of 28.71 seconds at the FINA World Cup meeting in Tokyo.

The former European record holder, Danish Rikke Moelle Pederesen, placed second in 2:15.21, behind her PB of 2:15.93.

World record evolution (Time, Name/Nationality, Place, Date):
2:14.39 Yuliya Efimova RUS Herning 13.12.13
2:14.57 Rebecca Soni USA Manchester 18.12.09
2:15.42 Leisel Jones AUS Berlin 15.11.09
2:16.83 Annamay Pierse CAN Leeds 07.08.09
2:17.50 Annamay Pierse CAN Toronto 14.03.09
2:17.75 Leisel Jones AUS Melbourne 29.11.03

In other highlight, Russia set the new 4x50 Medley Mixed world and European record. The team composed of Vitaly Melnikov, Yuliya Efimova, Svetlana Chimrova and Vladimir Morozov clocked 1:37.63.

World record evolution:
1:37.63 Russia RUS Herning 13.12.13
1:37.84 Australia AUS Tokyo 09.11.13
1:38.02 Australia AUS Singapore 05.11.13
1:39.08 Australia AUS Singapore 05.11.13
1:39.54 France FRA Doha 20.10.13
1:41.70 Russia RUS Moscow 12.10.13
1:49.87 United States USA Indiana 26.09.13

Earlier Danish Mie Oe. Nielsen broke the 100 metres backstroke European record, winning the final in 55.99 and became the first European to go under the 56-second barrier in the event.

European record evolution:
55.99 Mie Oe. Nielsen DEN Herning 13.12.13
56.36 Ksenia Moskvina RUS Istanbul 11.12.09
56.66 Ksenia Moskvina RUS Moscow 07.11.09
56.87 Sanja Jovanovic CRO Rijeka 12.12.08
57.15 Kateryna Zubkova UKR Manchester 10.04.08
57.34 Laure Manaudou FRA Debrecen 14.12.07