Does Lilly King still have beef With Yulia? GMM presented by

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Olympic champion, world champion and world record holder Lilly King was on fire in May. She dropped the number one times in the world in both the 50m and 100m breast at the Bloomington Pro Swim. In Indianapolis at the FINA Champions Series, in front of a home crowd, Lilly beat Russian rival Yulia Efimova not once, not twice, but 3 times in all 3 breaststroke distances, registering a lifetime best in the 200.

Is there still beef with Yulia?  Watch the video, but it sounds like in Lilly’s opinion, that was media-hype and it’s over now.

In King’s spring GMM video (see video below), she was straightforward about 2019 World Championships in South Korea. She wants to sweep the breaststroke events, and she wants to see 1:03 on the board in the 100m breast. Her personal best is 1:04.13 from the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. I think she’ll dip under 1:04. I see her going 1:03.7.


King sweeps the 50 and 100 breaststroke in world record pace.  Lilly wins the 200 breast, but she’s shy of the world record. Lilly picks up a third world record in the 4×100 medley relay.

What do you think? 

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3 years ago

200 breaststroke, she’s not gonna win… not even medal at the event!!!
win 50, and I hope efimova could beat her at 100 breast

Reply to  efi_forever
3 years ago

hehehe , nice dreams but …..Lilly has more guts .

13 % Chinese person
3 years ago

When Lily & her family are caught up in a vicious civil war & displaced , lets see how she goes .

13 % Chinese person
3 years ago

Lily won this battle but Russia won the 2016 election. Can we call it even & move on ?

Captain Ahab
3 years ago

Lilly King and Yulia Efimova need to take that beef to the street.

Reply to  Captain Ahab
3 years ago

What FINA should do is have a TV show like big brother where the swimmers would settle the scores before the meet. They should have King, Efimova, Sjostrom, Blume and Cody Miller as cameraman to document it all. I’m sure that might have even higher ratings than the actual meet.

3 years ago

Yulia will have a much better post career. That’s is longer than swimming life. One reason alone… looks and Lilly…can’t…get…over…it…

Reply to  Finito
3 years ago

i highly doubt her career will be much longer after Tokyo ….

Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

The high turnover/super narrow kick breast is just not a 200 LCM stroke. Ask Mr. Peaty.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

One of the best races I’ve seen was the 200 breast at 2016 nationals, Peaty out in 60.68. Heroic.

Mr Piano
3 years ago

Do I still have beef with Tom Shields?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 years ago

That’s why he goes by @beefytshields.

3 years ago

the 200 will improve ….but she is not a medal threat there

3 years ago

Thanks mel. 👎🏻

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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