On Sunday evening, American swimmer Lilly King issued a challenge of sorts to rival swimmer Yulia Efimova.
After a recent doping scandal that also stung six other Russian swimmers, Efimova was granted an appeal that allowed her to compete in Rio despite a suspension. King was not terribly impressed — especially when Efimova celebrated following her qualifying heat.
Lilly King doesn’t hold back.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2016
On Sunday, King said:
“Ya know, you’re shaking your finger ‘Number One’ and you’ve been caught for drug cheating, I’m just not a fan.”
But on Monday evening, both swimmers appeared for their face-off in the finals of the women’s 100 meter breaststroke — and their qualifying times placed them in adjacent lanes.
— Ken Bikoff (@kbikoff) August 9, 2016
And in a tight race, separated by only a fraction of a second, King edged out the competition.
— Heavens! (@HeavensHawkeye) August 9, 2016
America quickly responded:
LILLY KING JUST WON THE COLD WAR AGAIN.
— Kyle Feldscher (@Kyle_Feldscher) August 9, 2016
And King had a little more to say as well:
Indiana’s Lilly King shows the world: Cheaters never prosper. http://pic.twitter.com/P3dZJMZULL
— Justin Albers (@Justin_Albers) August 9, 2016
When asked if she felt her swim had “made a statement” in light of her earlier challenge, King shrugged and responded:
“Hopefully. I hope we showed that [Americans] can compete clean and win at the Olympic games.”
Immediately following her gold medal — and Olympic record — finish, King passed on congratulating silver medalist Efimova to share the moment with fellow American and bronze medalist Katie Meili.
Source: independent journal
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