Lilly King Queen Of 100 Breaststroke; Sets New Olympic Record

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Women’s 100 Breast FINAL:

Lilly King of the USA continues her dominance over the 100 breaststroke with a final showdown against Russia’s Yulia Efimova. Efimova entered the pool among clear booing but did not let it shake her performance, plowing through a tight field to gain on the USA’s King and Katie Meili, who led off the turn.

King refused to let Efimova by her as they charged to the wall, stopping the clock at a sizzling 1:04.93. King’s time is a new Olympic Record crushing the former Olympic Record of 1:05.17, set in 2008 by Leisel Jones.

Efimova settled for second and a time of 1:05.50, touching just ahead of Meili’s 1:05.69.

Shi Jinglin of China delivered a time of 1:06.37 to pick up fourth place overall, just ahead of Canada’s Rachel Nicol’s 1:06.68.

Iceland’s Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir finished sixth with a time of 1:07.18, while reigning Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania was seventh.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson rounded out the top eight with a 1:08.10.

Click here to view full results from day three finals.

33 Comments

33 comments

  1. Cynthia Granata

    Excellence, with a heaping dose of moral courage, integrity, and leadership! Congratulations to Lily King, and to our Columbia UWSD star Katie Meili who got the bronze medal.

  2. Lynn Kohl

    Gold AND SILVER, even if the IOC doesn’t recognize it, everyone else SHOULD! Go USA!

  3. Laurynas Laurinavicius

    Congratulatation Team USA, but Ruta Meilutyte changed history in London 2012 😉

  4. Pat Henahan

    A little disappointed she didn’t Dikembe Mutumbo the Russian after winning.

  5. Laura M Wanco

    Awesome! Her face was just so point on! Gerrrr.

  6. Laura M Wanco

    Put you money where your mouth is! YES!

  7. avatar
    Bill Bell

    King first Big Ten woman to win an Olympic swimming gold and Indiana’s first Olympic gold-medalist since Jim Montgomery won 100 free in a then world-record 49.99 some 40 years ago — only to see his record broken a mere two weeks later by Sourh Africa’s Jonty Skinner during the AAU Championships in the city of “Brotherly Love.”

    Skinner had been barred from swimming @ Montreal due to South Africa’s nation ban for its then Apartheid policies so the AAUs were his “Olympics: and he made the most of his opportunity.

    King, however, is not the Hoosiers’ first woman’s swimming international gold-medalist. At the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne IU’s Lila Varziri won gold in the 50 breast. Both King, Varziri and Lily’s Olympic teammate Blake Pieroni (800 FR) are or were coached by IU head man Ray Looze, a former All-America IMer under legendary USC coach Peter Daland.

    BTW: congrats, Lilly for a great swim and for speaking out about you-know-who. Great to see someone take a stand like that. Now give her hell in the 200!

    • avatar
      Leander

      It has been suggested that Lily King should be our next ambassador to Russia.

  8. avatar
    Tomas Thrainsson

    Just a small comment here. Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir is definitely not from Israel, she’s Icelandic and is wrongly presented here in this new article. I’m pretty sure she’d want it corrected, not that’s she’s against Israel or any other country, it’s just that she’s so proud of her own heritage.

    • avatar

      Thank you, Tomas! It’s been revised.

Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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