Swim star Lilly King of the United States beat rival Yulia Efimova of Russia, as the US swimming team wins more gold at Rio 2016.
In one of the most anticipated events in swimming, King, who was called out by Efimova last Sunday, put her fighting words into practice and edged out the Russian in the women’s 100m breaststroke event. She had also set an Olympic record during the event, clocking in at 1:04:93.
Efimova, on the other hand, settled for silver, coming in at 1:05:50, and winning bronze was King’s US teammate, Katie Meli who had a time of 1:05:69.
Coming in to her swimming events Sunday and Monday, Efimova was booed by the crowd, having joined the Olympics last minute, after an appeal to her doping case was granted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)-a decision that many were against.
“You’re shaking your finger No. 1, and you’ve been caught for drug cheating. I’m just not a fan. I’m going to go swim my heart out for USA and hopefully that turns out the best.” King said during an interview with reporters, referring to Efimova.
Efimova was obviously devastated by the result.
Controversial Russian Yulia Efimova devastated in the mixed zone tonight after losing out to the USA's Lilly King pic.twitter.com/pzYd3DcMcK
— ian herbert (@ianherbs) August 9, 2016
Meanwhile, King’s compatriot, Ryan Murphy also claimed the gold, beating out China’s Xu Jiayu and teammate David Plummer in the men’s 100m backstroke. Murphy clocked in at 51.97 seconds, setting a new Olympic Record.
Also winning gold was Sun Yang of China, topping his competition in the men’s 200m freestyle event. Sun was also involved in a doping scandal in 2014, secretly serving a suspension, irking other swimmers, like Australia’s Mack Horton.
Rounding out the medal count for day three of swimming was Katinka Hosszu of Hungary who won her second gold medal at Rio, beating America’s Kathleen Baker and China’s Fu Yuanhui in the women’s 100m backstroke. The ecstatic swimmer shared her win through Instagram.
As the US swimming team wins more gold at Rio, swim star Michael Phelps will have to prepare himself for the men’s 200m butterfly final, which he qualified for, but came in at second place of his heat.
“I’m finishing well,” Phelps said to reporters. “I need to probably work on some momentum going in and out of turns. But as a whole I didn’t chop any walls tonight. I thought my underwaters were better than this morning. I feel a lot better than I did this morning.”
The men’s 200m Butterfly final will be at 9:00AM (ET), August 9, 2016.
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