Russian swimmer Yuliya Yefimova was born on April 3, 1992 in Grozny, Russia. Yuliya is a world champion, three-time European champion (2008 and 2010), Honored Master of Sports of Russia. She competed for Russia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. In London she won the bronze medal in the 200 meters Breaststroke. Yuliya Yefimova was born in Grozny, but because of Russian -Chechen war, her family had to move to Volgodonsk. Julia grew up there, and there she began to train in one of the local sports schools, under the guidance of her father, Andrei Mikhailovich. Prior to 2011, lived in Taganrog, where she was trained by the honored coach of Russia Irina Vyatchanina. In March 2011, the athlete went to California, the U.S., where she is trained by David Salo.
Three-time European champion in 2007 FINA Short Course (50, 100 and 200 meters breaststroke), champion (200m breaststroke) and silver medalist (50 m) of the European Championship in 2008. European record holder and European Championships in the 100m breaststroke.
Participant of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where she won the 4th place in the 100m and 5th – 200 m breaststroke. At the Olympic Games in London in 2012 she won a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke with a score of 2:20.92 .
In 2008, the All-Russian Swimming Federation recognized Yuliya Yefimova the best swimmer of the country and “Discovery of the Year”. Yuliya Yefimova won 2 medals of highest standard at the European Championships in Aquatics in 2010 in the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke.
In 2013, at the World Championships in Barcelona, Yefimova won the gold medal in the 200 meters, beating Ricky Pedersen and Micah Lawrence, simultaneously updating the record of Russia 2.19,41. The 50m breaststroke world record in the updated preliminary heats – 29.78. In the final time showed 29.52 and beat Lithuanian athlete Ruta Meylutite, becoming a triple world champion in the fifty-meter pool.
Medal of the Order “For Services to the Motherland» II degree (13 August 2012) – for outstanding contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high athletic achievements at the XXX Olympic Games 2012 in London (UK).
Honored Master of Sports of Russia (April 5, 2010.
Diploma of the President of the Russian Federation (19 July 2013) – for outstanding athletic achievement at the XXVII World Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan.
Honorary Citizen of the city of Volgodonsk (June 4, 2008)
Russia’s silver medalist Yuliya Yefimova holds her medal as she poses on the podium during the award ceremony for the final of the women’s 50-metre breaststroke swimming event in the FINA World Championships at the indoor stadium of the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on July 31, 2011