Lilly King, Katie Meili land on Olympic breaststroke podium in their first Games
By: Rachel Lutz
Lilly King and Katie Meili, both U.S. Olympic rookies, landed on the podium in the 100m breaststroke finals. King set a new Olympic record of one minute, 4.93 seconds to out-touch a late-charging Yulia Efimova of Russia.
“It just proves you can compete clean and still come out on top with all the hard work you put in behind the scenes, behind the meet, at practice and in weight sessions and there is a way to become the best and do it the right way," King told media after the race.
Meili, who last summer won the 100m breaststroke title at the Pan American Games, claimed the bronze in 1:05.69.
"We kind of looked at each other and we both said, ‘You know what, we can both medal,'" Meili said. "It was nothing more than just both of us showing that the USA is strong and we came here to compete and we came here to win medals and regardless of all the other circumstances that’s what are here to do.”