Twitter Recap Day 3: Lilly King Makes Non-Swimmers Pay Attention

Michael Phelps has long been heralded for bringing attention to the sport of swimming. Ryan Lochte, Katie Ledecky, and Missy Franklin have also, for various reasons, made a name for the sport. Lochte might be known for his antics outside of the pool, Ledecky for the heights that she is taking swimming on the women’s side.

Lilly King is at her first Olympics, and she is making non-swimmers pay attention with dominance in the pool and her fearlessness on the pool deck.

After her finger wagging to Russian Yulia Efimova last night during semifinals, King backed up her version of trash talk and threw down a huge swim in the final to win gold and defeat Efimova. Plus, she popped a ridiculously quick 1:04.93– we haven’t seen a 1:04 since 2013, and King now cements herself as the fourth female swimmer to ever break the 1:05 barrier.

Check out some of the tweets about the historical 100 breast final below:

Even the great Samuel L. Jackson had something to say (WARNING: some minor profanity below) about King’s swim:

Check out some of today’s other great tweets below:

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5 years ago

Sam Jackson getting so animated for these Olympics! Great to see

Hint of Lime
5 years ago
Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Long Live Lilly King!

5 years ago

Come on America! You’re better than this ????

5 years ago

ought curtail word play and abstain from actual contest instead, if oppositions state factually unfair…totally misguided

About Karl Ortegon

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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