Lilly King Breaks Olympic Record, Wins Heated 100 Breast Final

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

In an emotionally charged 100 breaststroke final, American Lilly King backed up her pre-race talk with an emphatic win and an Olympic record of 1:04.93, taking out Russian Yuliya Efimova who she has created a bit of a rivalry with here in Rio.

King’s swim removes Australian Leisel Jones‘ Olympic record of 1:05.17 from her 2008 Olympic gold medal performance, but the record no doubt takes a back seat to the victory over Efimova.

After Efimova won her semi-final last night she waved her finger in the air signalling ‘number 1’. King, watching from the ready room, saw that and mockingly waved her finger as well.

She had some choice words after the race, stating “you put your finger in the air for number one and you’ve been caught drug cheating…I’m not a fan”.

Tension was high behind the blocks, with King clearly giving Efimova a dirty look prior to the race. Afterwards, she celebrated with American teammate Katie Meili, who won bronze, barely acknowledging Efimova.

Efimova did win silver in 1:05.50, and Meili won bronze in 1:05.69. Surprisingly, 2012 gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte was nearly two seconds off her London time, finishing 7th in 1:07.32. She had also let her distaste for FINA’s allowance of Efimova earlier in the doping scandal via twitter.

 

 

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seetheworldswim
6 years ago

efimova performes 1.05 all her life
this girl takes 1 second off her time next to trial where she posted a pb time too and then is efimova who is dopping…
are you blind?
as you say, not testing poitive do not mean anything

Prickle
Reply to  seetheworldswim
6 years ago

All her life. That is nicely put. She consciously cheated before, was punished and the only regret she expressed that she was caught. This temporary ban happened between between Olympic Games and World Championships. No damage was done since she continued to train with the same coach in the same environment. That made her joke about this ban. Nothing change with her attitude and with her disrespect to norms of fair competition. The lies about medical necessity of taking meldonium is just another proof that she is wired on cheating and will never give up on that. As you said – all her life.

Billabong
Reply to  seetheworldswim
6 years ago

We’re not blind. We can see tha Yulia was banned twice for PED’s, and Lilly has never tested positive nor been banned. If she ever does test positive, you can rest assured that she will get the same treatment. Until then we applaud her talent and hard work induced time drops.

Admin
Reply to  Billabong
6 years ago

Billabong – as an editor, I’m not here to interject what peoples’ opinions should be on each swimmer, that’s up to each of our readers, but I do think it’s important to establish accurate facts – Efimova was only banned once for PEDs, not twice. She tested positive twice for banned substances, but was only banned once.

seetheworldswim
6 years ago

efimova performes 1.05 all her life
this girl takes 1 second off her time next to trial where she posted a pb time too and then is efimova who is dopping…
are you blind?
as you say, not testing poitive do not mean anything

Bevo
6 years ago

Shouldn’t we raise the question who coached her in the U.S. after she was booted off of all US club teams too?

Zika Ziki
Reply to  Bevo
6 years ago

Her father

USMS fan
6 years ago

it would have been SO COOL if Meili had beaten King & Efimova

Tom from Chicago
6 years ago

So, so, so, so, so, so happy!!!!

emg1986
6 years ago

I feel for Shi Jinglin, the bronze should be hers, the silver should be Meili’s.

emg1986
Reply to  emg1986
6 years ago

Not to mention, Efimova 2 fly kicks at the 50?

peter
6 years ago

such a disgrace that both the IOC and FINA do not have the guts to ban Efimova and all the other cheaters !

M Palota
6 years ago

I would like to buy Lily King a beer. And it’s OK because she’s legal where I live.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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