Lilly King made her displeasure with Yulia Efimova known outside the pool on Sunday night. On Monday, she backed up her talk by beating her Russian rival and setting an Olympic record in the process.
King won the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:04.93. Efimova finished second at 1:05.50, and King's teammate Katie Meili earned a bronze medal at 1:05.69.
The 19-year-old kicked off the 2016 Games first swimming beef by wagging her finger at a celebrating Efimova after the 100m breaststroke semifinals. Efimova had turned in the event's top time to that point -- until King hit the pool and topped her to earn the top spot in tonight's finals. She made sure everyone knew it wasn't a misunderstanding afterward.
"Ya know, you're shaking your finger number one and you've been caught for drug cheating," said King in an interview with NBC after taking the top spot in the qualifier. "I'm just not a fan."
Neither was the crowd at the Olympic Aquatic Center. They showered the Russian champion with boos during her pre-race introduction.
King got off to a world record pace to lead after 50 meters, just ahead of teammate Meili. Efimova made her move with approximately 25 meters to go, but her closing burst wasn't enough to catch the record-setting American. She understood the gravity of her win when interviewed minutes after the race.
"I hope I did [make a statement about doping]," said King. "We can still compete clean and do well at the Olympic Games, and that's how it should be."
Lilly King: "It was so incredible, winning a gold medal and knowing I did it clean." #Rio2016— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) August 9, 2016
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