UPDATE: Lilly beat the Russian doper, Yulia Efimova--not only beat, SMASHED, winning the gold. Efimova got second; Columbia grad Katie Meili came right in for bronze.


She backed it up with this incredible quote.

Night 2 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro kicked America's gold streak into high gear, with a world record and gold from demigoddess Katei Ledecky in the 400 free (and a bronze from Leah Smith!), to a gold from the men's 4x100 freestyle relay, with a legendary split from none other than Michael Phelps, whose otherworldly prowess pulled a win over France AND Russia.

But the real BOOM of the night came from 19-year-old Lilly King, who is currently seated first in the 100 breaststroke, after her absurdly fast semi-final swim.

Before she swam, Russia's Yulia Efimova, who's tested positive TWICE for speed doping, and served a 16-month suspension (fuckin' Russians), pulled a mighty performance, and is in second going into the event's finals.

Amidst the boos from the stadium, Efimova threw up a particularly obnoxious "#1" finger to her haters; in the staging area behind the blocks, however, NBC caught Lilly King watching Efimova's boasting, wagged her own finger at the TV screen.


When she came out on deck, Lilly gave her own victorious, double finger waving to the adoring crowd, captured here by Leslie Jones (whose Olympic Twitter commentary is nothing short of iconic); she plowed through the water with a beastly sub 1:06, placing herself ahead of Efimova.

After the race, when she was questioned over her backstage shade, King continued to drag Yulia by her hair.


The two will battle it out tonight.

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