King breaks women's 100m breaststroke record

Ruben Hill
July 28, 2017

King clocked 1 minute 4.13 seconds in the World Championship final in Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday, beating Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte's 2013 record of 1 minute 4.35 seconds. "We're competitors. We don't really like each other too much". "It's routine. Just get up and know that I have the work in the bank to get up and swim those times". "I think it's infectious for the whole team". Afterward, King shot a brief glance at Efimova.

Efimova almost broke Ruta Meilutyte's 4-year-old record in the semifinals, giving her the prime lane in the middle of the pool.

Still, this didn't hurt as bad as the defeat in Rio.

"There's still pressure from the media, but it's more fun", Efimova reportedly said. That's pretty heady stuff for an Evansville native and Bloomington resident who will soon be back in her IU classrooms - just another student, though very likely the only one who can say set a world record when she's asked what she did over summer vacation. The American claimed the 12th world title of her short career.

Peaty, Britain's breaststroke lion with the tattoo to match, broke a pair of 50-meter breaststroke marks - one in the morning preliminaries, another in the evening semifinals.

Later, after King won her trial, she once again wagged her finger, then said after the race, "You know, you're shaking your finger No. 1 and you've been caught for drug cheating, I'm just not, you know, not a fan".

Efimova reprised the raised index finger on Monday after she came just a hundredth shy of the world record in the semi-finals. He went even faster a few hours later in the non-Olympic event, touching in 25.95.

Masse took down another record from the rubber-suit era.

Canada's gold medal winner Kylie Jacqueline Masse, center, United States' silver medal winner Kathleen Baker, right, and Australia's bronze medal winner Emily Seebohm, left, pose with their medals after the women's 100m backstroke final during the World swimming championships in Budapest on Tuesday.

King later beat Efimova in the final to win gold, then in a press conference afterward while sitting next to Efimova, said, "It was so incredible, winning a gold medal and knowing I did it clean". "I was aiming to do it here".

Masse was followed by Kathleen Baker of the US and Australia's Emily Seebohm.

Sun's turn of pace edged American Townley Haas into silver, 0.25 seconds behind, with Russian Aleksandr Krasnykh taking bronze.

"It is wonderful how the world keeps getting faster", beamed King, who is also the Olympic champion.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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