Russian Yulia Efimova, a six-time Russian champion, did not fall into the Olympic quota for the Tokyo Olympics, finishing third in the 200m breaststroke at the Russian Swimming Championships in 2021. This was announced on Thursday, April 8, by Sport-Express.
It is noted that the competitions are held in Kazan. The first in the swim was Evgenia Chikunova, the second place was taken by Maria Temnikova.
Efimova will take part in the Games, but at a distance of 100 m breaststroke.
“At least once in my life I will train one distance better and I will systematically prepare for it. With two distances I would have had much more opportunities, of course, but in general I am not very upset, the main thing is that I have already, in principle, qualified for the Olympics and am going to it. We will continue to work, ”she said in an interview with the publication.
It is known that the general standard for the Olympic Games in this discipline is 2 minutes 25.52 seconds. Whereas the Russian athlete swam the distance in 2 minutes 24.16 seconds.
Earlier, on March 10, it became known that Efimova is ready to be vaccinated against COVID-19, if requested by the organizers of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 2020 Summer Games will be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8. The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition was postponed for a year. At the same time, the name of the Tokyo 2020 Games has been retained.