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Rio 2016 Olympics: Russia’s Yulia Efimova swims 2nd fastest heat after doping row

Yulia Efimova swam the second-fastest time on Sunday in the heats of the women's 100 metres breaststroke.

Swimming - Women's 100m Breaststroke - Heats Yulia Efimova who was banned from participating in Rio, is the world champion at 100m. (Source: Reuters)

Russia’s Yulia Efimova, who won her appeal against a doping ban on the eve of the Rio Olympics, swam the second-fastest time on Sunday in the heats of the women’s 100 metres breaststroke.

Efimova, the world champion at the distance, clocked 1 minute 5.79 seconds, a hundredth of a second behind American Lilly King whose compatriot Katie Meili was third in 1:06.00 with holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania fourth in 1:06.35.

Revelations of state-sponsored Russian doping overshadowed the build-up to the Olympics, and the country was banned on Sunday from the Paralympics that will follow.

Efimova was one of a number of Russians who successfully appealed, arguing that after serving previous doping bans they should not be punished again by being excluded from Rio.

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The 24-year-old, the world champion at 100m, only learned on Friday that she could compete, ending months of uncertainty.

“I was crazy, like, last half-year, I just don’t understand what’s going on and everything. I’m just happy to be here and I’m ready to race,” she said.

Meilutyte declined to comment on her rival’s reinstatement. Britain’s Chloe
Tutton, who swam in Efimova’s heat, was ushered away by her press minder when asked how she felt about the Russian’s participation.

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Efimova is also due to compete in the 200m breaststroke, in which she was world champion in 2013 and won a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012.

Efimova was banned between October 2013 and February 2015 after testing positive for traces of the anabolic steroid DHEA. She was also briefly suspended after testing positive for meldonium this year, but cleared in July.

Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances from Jan. 1, but some positive tests were later overturned after WADA said there was a lack of clear scientific evidence about how long it takes for the drug to be excreted from the body.

First published on: 07-08-2016 at 11:58:53 pm
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