Rio Twitter Recap Day 2: Lilly King’s Finger Wag Lights Up Twitter

Day two was exhilarating, as three individual world records electrified Rio and the Twitterverse blew up with all of the fast swimming (and drama).

Of course, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky are the greatest swimmers in the world right now, and Twitter was lit up after Ledecky smashed her 400 free world record and Phelps’ delivered an incredible 47.12 split.

Perhaps the biggest moment that didn’t have to do with world records was Lilly King‘s finger wag to Yulia Efimova. In a new rivalry that alludes to a bigger picture of corruption and injustice in the sport of swimming, King’s finger wag on national television got people riled up on Twitter.

Check out some of the best tweets from today’s Olympic competition below:

We’re impressed with Mindy’s swim knowledge.

Y'all need a fifth dude on a relay??? Like a bonus anchor??? A towel guy? Flip flop wrangler? Goggle tree??? #SwimCreep #TeamUSA @usaswimming

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Bonus anchor. Yes.

Swimming’s newest #1 fan is Leslie Jones, who was super thrilled with Conor Dwyer‘s 200 free semifinal win tonight.

In what could be the most politically and emotionally charged events of these Games, Yulia Efimova won semifinal 1 of the women’s 100 breast. The Russian, who has been caught doping twice now, was booed after her swim, but Lilly King‘s reaction was iconic. Efimova put up her finger as if to signify her winning her heat, but King, as she watched the Russian on the TV before she herself swam a semifinal, wagged her finger at Efimova. Minutes later, she would swim .02 faster than Efimova and take the top seed going into finals.

Check below for footage of the finger wag:

And, of course, the big-time American win in the 4×100 free relay was a big hit on Twitter.

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Attila the Hunt

Lilly King’s reaction is definitely an iconic moment in swimming history.

I hope she destroy the cheater tomorrow.


I hope the entire heat destroys her and she finishes eighth!


She is holding up the wrong finger though.


HAHAHAHA! That’s great lol

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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