Indiana rising sophomore swimmer Lilly King has to be the darling of the Rio Olympics, right?
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King, 19, claimed gold and set an Olympic record in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:04.93) Monday night, besting Russian rival Yulia Efimova, who has failed two drug tests and served a 16-month suspension, in one of the Olympics’ most anticipated events.
The Indiana star, the 2016 NCAA Champion in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, unanimous 2016 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and 2016 All-America, has been outspoken about dopers; in fact, she was caught on camera finger wagging back at a finger-wagging Efimova who did the celebration to a chorus of boos after winning her heat in the semifinals Sunday. If you didn’t catch the moment, watch it here.
Then, following Monday’s record-setting performance, King said the gold medal sent a statement.
“We can still compete clean and do well at the Olympic games, and that’s how it should be.” Watch soundbite here.
Here’s King’s record-setting 100-meter breaststroke:
Safe to say, people thoroughly enjoyed King’s performance.