Lilly King Breaks Down “Virtual Battle” with Yulia Efimova (Video)

Reported by Karl Ortegon.


Prelims (top 9 from morning prelims)

  1. Lilly King 31.43
  2. Melissa Rodriguez 31.63
  3. Kim Williams 32.38
  4. Kennedy Lohman 32.42

Two women broke 32 seconds, with world record holder Lilly King winning round 1 with a cool 31.43. Melissa Rodriguez of Mexico was just behind for 2nd in 31.63. Kim Williams (32.38) and Kennedy Lohman (32.42) also make it to round 2.

Keep in mind Yulia Efimova‘s 29.93 from Canet earlier today as we move through the next two rounds.

Semis (top 4 from night prelims)

  1. Lilly King 30.66
  2. Melissa Rodriguez 31.56
  3. Kennedy Lohman 32.15
  4. Kim Williams 32.24

King looked sharper here in the semis, going 30.66 to finish well ahead of 2nd place Rodriguez (31.56), but both will race in the final. King is now within seven tenths of Efimova’s time.

Final (top 2 from semis)

  1. Lilly King 29.62
  2. Melissa Rodriguez 31.24

King was absolutely cooking down the pool, churning out a 29.62 for the new world #1 ahead of Molly Hannis (29.71) and Efimova (29.93). That’s her third-best time ever (she’s been 29.40 WR and 29.60), and the eight-best performance in history.

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2 years ago

Great interview! I’m very excited to see what she can do this summer if this is what she can do during heavy training. Should be on fire.

2 years ago

Jesus. Let the beef go. The olympics were two years ago.Swim your race. Stay in your lane.

Reply to  Rickybobby
2 years ago

It’s healthy beef. Stuff like this makes swimming more exciting..

VA Steve
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

Couldn’t agree more. She is a fabulous competitor–the kind that will make all her teammates better at whatever event she is swimming.

Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

It started off with king having some harsh words about yulia (rightfully so), but now it seems like a friendly competetion to one up each other. Exacrly what any sport needs.

Reply to  Rickybobby
2 years ago

Yes let the cheater go

2 years ago

I’m guessing that Efimova doesn’t talk about King nearly as much as King talks about Efimova.

Ex Quaker
Reply to  Artvandelegh10
2 years ago

I’m guessing that Efimova doesn’t beat King nearly as much as King beats Efimova.

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Reply to  Artvandelegh10
2 years ago

I bet she thinks about her quite a bit though.

Reply to  Artvandelegh10
2 years ago

To be fair, King can’t get through one interview without someone bringing Efimova up. It isn’t like she goes out of her way to talk about her so much, and she is obviously going to give her brutally honest response when she’s asked about her.

Reply to  Artvandelegh10
2 years ago

I think it’s mostly the reporters and stuff bringing it back up

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