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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
03 April 1992
Volgodonsk, RUS
English, Russian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming as a child and took up training at age six in Volgodonsk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She took up acrobatics first but her father suggested she should start swimming. He was her first coach.
Club / Team
Efimova Team: Russia
Name of coach
Andrey Efimov [father], RUS

International Debut

Competing for
World Cup

General Interest

Yulya (, 14 Mar 2018)
Going to the beach, spending time with friends, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, reading. (, 26 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Russian swimmer Alexander Popov. (, 09 Aug 2013)
After winning gold in the 50m breaststroke at the 2017 Russian Short Course Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, she decided to withdraw from the following events due to an injury relapse. It also made her miss the 2017 European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Facebook profile, 20 Nov 2017;, 22 Nov 2017)

She swam with an injured leg at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (, 03 Aug 2009)
Awards and honours
She was named 2017 Sportswoman of the Year by the All-Russia Swimming Federation. (, 25 Dec 2017)

In 2008, 2015 and 2016 she was named the Russian Swimming Federation's Female Swimmer of the Year. (, 24 Dec 2016;, 21 Dec 2015, 19 Apr 2013)

For her achievements at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she received the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation. (, 25 Aug 2016)

In recognition of her performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was given the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [second grade] of the Russian Federation. (, 13 Aug 2012)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (, 27 Dec 2018)
She became the first female swimmer representing the Russian Federation to win a world title when she won gold in the 50m breaststroke at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. At the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, she took her overall long course world championships medal tally to 17, the most by a Russian swimmer. She also tied Aleksandr Popov for most gold medals by a Russian swimmer at the long course world championships when she claimed her sixth career gold medal in Gwangju, (, 30 Jul 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 12 Oct 2019)

She became the first Russian female swimmer to win two medals at a single edition of the Olympic Games when she claimed silver in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her overall Olympic tally of three medals is the most by a Russian female swimmer. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 28 Jul 2019)
Other information
In October 2013 she tested positive for the banned steroid dehydroepiandrosterone at an out-of-competition test. She was suspended from competition for 16 months, from October 2013 to February 2015. (, 17 Mar 2016;, 13 May 2014)