IU's Lilly King takes gold medal at Rio Olympics

Posted at 10:28 PM, Aug 08, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Indiana University's Lilly King swam her way into the history books Monday, taking the gold medal and setting a new Olympic record in the women's 100-meter breaststroke.

King nabbed the win with a time of 1:04.93. Her top rival, Russian Yulia Efimova, finished second at 1:05.50.

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U.S. swimmer Catherine Meili, of Columbia University, took the bronze medal with a time of 1:05.69.

King becomes only the second gold medal winner from her hometown of Evansville, Indiana. She joins former MLB pitcher Andrew Benes, who won a gold medal with the United States National Baseball Team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

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King wasn't the only Hoosier who earned a medal in the pool at Rio.

Purdue's David Boudia and Steele Johnson took home the silver medal for the men's 10-meter synchronized diving event Monday.

On Sunday, fellow IU swimmer Blake Pieroni helped the men's 400-meter freestyle team take second place in the preliminaries. Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian swam for the U.S. in the finals, earning a gold medal for themselves and Pieroni.

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IU swimmer Cody Miller also earned himself a bronze medal Sunday with a time of 58.87 in the men's 100-meter breaststroke event. The time set a new American record for the event.

Monday Olympic Swimming Results

100m Breaststroke

  1. Lillia King, United States, 1:04.93.
  2. Yulia Efimova, Russia, 1:05.50.
  3. Catherine Meili, United States, 1:05.69.
  4. Jinglin Shi, China, 1:06.37.
  5. Rachel Nicol, Canada, 1:06.68.
  6. Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir, Iceland, 1:07.18.
  7. Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania, 1:07.32.
  8. Alia Atkinson, Jamaica, 1:08.10.

100m Backstroke

  1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 58.45.
  2. Kathleen Baker, United States, 58.75.
  3. Kylie Masse, Canada, 58.76.
  4. Yuanhui Fu, China, 58.76.
  5. Mie Nielsen, Denmark, 58.80.
  6. Olivia Smoliga, United States, 58.95.
  7. Emily Seebohm, Australia, 59.19.
  8. Madison Wilson, Australia, 59.23.

200m Freestyle


  1. Yang Sun, China, 1:44.65.
  2. Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos, South Africa, 1:45.20.
  3. Conor Dwyer, United States, 1:45.23.
  4. James Guy, Britain, 1:45.49.
  5. Francis Haas, United States, 1:45.58.
  6. Paul Biedermann, Germany, 1:45.84.
  7. Kosuke Hagino, Japan, 1:45.90.
  8. Aleksandr Krasnykh, Russia, 1:45.91.

100m Backstroke

  1. Ryan Murphy, United States, 51.97.
  2. Jiayu Xu, China, 52.31.
  3. David Plummer, United States, 52.40.
  4. Mitchell Larkin, Australia, 52.43.
  5. Camille Lacourt, France, 52.70.
  6. Evgeny Rylov, Russia, 52.74.
  7. Ryosuke Irie, Japan, 53.42.
  8. Robert Glinta, Romania, 53.50.