American swimmer Lilly King became an internet hero earlier this week when she went all in on Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova for doping.
Not only did King verbally beat her after topping Efimova’s time in the semi-finals of 100-meter breaststroke she followed up her tough talk by beating her again physically in the finals.
Following her gold medal performance King didn’t back down from her strong words either…
Efimova, who has in fact been suspended twice for doping, somehow doesn’t seem to understand what the fuss is all about…
“I understand the people who didn’t congratulate me because the media was full of fake stories about me,” said Efimova, according to Russia’s Tass agency in Rio. “But on the other hand I don’t really understand the foreign competitors. All athletes should be above politics, but they just watch TV and believe everything they read. I always thought the cold war was long in the past. Why start it again, by using sport?”
For what it’s worth, King isn’t the only swimmer taking swipes at Efimova. Swedish Olympian Jennie Johansson missed out on competing in the finals because of Efimova’s presence and said on Instagram, “Unfortunately I finished up 9th. My heart and my mind will still be swimming in that final tomorrow even if the actual lane is taken by someone that doesn’t deserve it.”
Criticism of Efimova will probably not end there either as she is scheduled to compete in the 200-meter breaststroke today.