Lilly King Surges to 1:04.1 to Take Down 100 Breast World Record


The highly anticipated showdown between Lilly King and Yuliya Efimova in the women’s 100 breast did not disappoint the crowd tonight. The USA’s King was out like a light, splitting 29.80 at the 50. Efimova is a great closer, so it was expected that she would gain some ground, but King surged through the 2nd 50 with the fastest back half of the field, splitting a 34.33 on the way home to clip the World Record with a 1:04.13. The former record stood at a 1:04.35 done by Ruta Meilutyte in 2012.

King’s 100 Breast World Record Splits:

  • 1st 50 Split- 29.80
  • 2nd 50 Split- 34.33
  • Final Time- 1:04.13

King had incredible opening speed, as her 29.80 split at the 50 tied Jessica Hardy for the 2nd fastest 50 breast ever done by an American. It was also the 5th fastest 50 breast in history worldwide. Before U.S. Nationals, where King put up a 29.66, Hardy’s 29.80 stood as the American Record.

Though she was just .01 shy of the World Record yesterday, Efimova wasn’t as fast tonight. She faded slightly at the finish, taking bronze in 1:05.05 while King’s teammate Katie Meili (1:05.03) out-touched her for silver. Former World Record holder Meilutyte of Lithuania wound up 4th in 1:05.65.

Fastest Performers of All Time: Women’s 100 Breast:

1 Lilly King 1:04.13
2 Ruta Meilutyte 1:04.35
3 Yuliya Efimova 1:04.36
4 Jessica Hardy 1:04.45
5 Rebecca Soni 1:04.84
6 Katie Meili 1:05.03
7 Leisel Jones 1:05.09
8 Ji Liping 1:05.32
9 Katy Freeman 1:05.35
10 Qi Hui 1:05.47

Fastest Performances of All Time: Women’s 100 Breast:

1 Lilly King 1:04.13
2 Ruta Meilutyte 1:04.35
3 Yuliya Efimova 1:04.36
4 Ruta Meilutyte 1:04.42
5 Jessica Hardy 1:04.45
6 Ruta Meilutyte 1:04.52
7 Lilly King 1:04.53
8 Yuliya Efimova 1:04.82
9 Rebecca Soni 1:04.84
10 Rebecca Soni 1:04.91

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Not sure what happened to Efimova after almost setting the WR in the semis. Great race by King nonetheless!


Maybe King rattled her before the race?

Mr sportsmanship

Efimova had a terrible start


She had a typical efimova start


But she worked with Schoeman on that catapult start!


which makes it even more hilarious lol


Terrible start as always from Efimova but I think she was rattled when she saw the lead along had her on her and tightened up the back 50.

Efimova semi final
RT: 0.68

Efimova final
RT: 0.75

Scott Morgan

You mean other than being a two-time convicted, sanctioned and punished cheater? Your question answers itself: she is weak in mind, body and spirit: she has to cheat to win.


Forgot to up the dosage.


She used it all up on the semis.

Go green

Does anyone have a link to watch the race?

Swim Fan

NBCSPORT.COM is showing the races live FYI. Check out the website for dates and times. That race was the beast for the USA!


Lilly King is SAVAGE!!!!


I guess Effimova is done finger wagging now!


she is done with it


Major, major mistake for Effimova to do that and not being able to back it up when it counts. Now King is in her head for the 200 Br. The other competitors must also smell blood in the water.

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