Lilly King proved that cheaters never come out on top when she beat out her Russian rival Yulia Efimova to win the gold in the women’s 100m breast stroke at the Olympics on Aug. 8. We have all the details on the stunning win, right here.
The drama has been unfolding for days, and on Aug. 8 it finally came to a head. Lilly King won the gold when she finished the women’s 100m breast stroke in 1:04.93. Her biggest rival, Yulia Efimova, was a very close second with a time of 1:05.50.
We love seeing Americans take home the gold, but this win was more than that to Lilly, who has been beefing with Yulia for the past week. The Russian swimmer failed a drug test early in 2016, and somehow was still allowed to compete which was controversial, especially since she had served a 16-month suspension once before.
Lilly had made it her personal battle to take down the girl who she felt should not be competing, and she did it! “I mean, obviously winning an Olympic gold medal is a statement,” said Lilly, thrilled with her gold medal. “It meant we can still compete clean and be in the Olympics and that’s how it should be.” Hell yeah!
Yulia had won her heat in the semifinals on Aug. 6, and the crowd was none too pleased. As they booed her, she wagged her finger at them, which enraged Lilly. “You’re shaking your finger number one and you’ve been caught for drug-cheating. I’m just not a fan,” she said. A video before Aug 8’s competition showed Lilly wagging her finger at Yulia on a TV screen, showing that she definitely brought her anger to the meet. Clearly it helped propel her to the win!
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