King breaks women’s 50m breast­stroke record

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Lilly King of the United States claimed her sec­ond world record this week in win­ning the women’s 50m breast­stroke gold at the world cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day.

King clocked 29.40 sec­onds, break­ing Ruta Meilu­tyte’s four-year-old record of 29.48, with Rus­sia’s Yuliya Efi­mova tak­ing sil­ver at 0.17 back and Amer­ica’s Katie Meili earn­ing bronze at 0.59.

This was the sec­ond world record the 20year-old King has bro­ken in Bu­dapest af­ter also low­er­ing Meilu­tyte’s time for the 100m breast­stroke in win­ning Tues­day’s fi­nal.

The vic­tory was King’s sec­ond this week over ri­val Efi­mova, who took bronze in the 100m fi­nal but had beaten the Amer­i­can over 200m with a com­mand­ing dis­play on Fri­day when King fin­ished fourth.

The Amer­i­can sparked a war of words at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic games when she branded the Rus­sian a drugs cheat af­ter Efi­mova’s 16-month ban for dop­ing which ended in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Meili paid trib­ute to her Amer­i­can team­mate. “I’m sat­is­fied, that’s my first time un­der 30 sec­onds,” said the 26-year-old, who also took breast­stroke sil­ver over 100m.

“I think Lily al­ways has a world record in her, she’s been in­cred­i­ble this week, re­ally fast, we’re very proud of her.”

Steve LoBue cap­i­tal­ized on a mis­take from Gary Hunt in the last round to win gold for the United States in men’s high div­ing at the world cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day.

Div­ing from a 27-me­ter plat­form into a tem­po­rary pool on the Danube river, Hunt was lead­ing go­ing into the fourth round, but the Bri­tish diver over-ro­tated his en­try as he at­tempted a three som­er­saults for­ward with 4-1/2 twists ef­fort. He picked up only 70 points and fin­ished fifth.

“I defini­tively felt the pres­sure. My last dive is rel­a­tively new for me, and af­ter four com­pe­ti­tions in four weeks, I felt my legs shak­ing a bit. I had enough power on top of the board, but I had to fight with the G-force in my legs,” Hunt said.

LoBue had made no mis­take with his dif­fi­cult 5 som­er­saults 1/2 twist in the tuck po­si­tion, earn­ing a round-best 113.40 points for a to­tal of 397.15.

“It’s a sur­real mo­ment. Hun­dreds of hours of your life come to­gether in three sec­onds. I couldn’t be hap­pier,” the Amer­i­can said. “It takes a very spe­cial per­son to jump from 27 me­ters. We do help each other a lot, as we all un­der­stand and re­spect the fear.”

LoBue has good rea­son to - in May 2015 he struck his head on the plat­form dur­ing a div­ing meet in La Rochelle, France.

“Some other peo­ple would have re­signed or suc­cumb to the fear, but I com­peted two weeks later and I re­al­ized that it was a sort of freak ac­ci­dent. You have to over­come your fear,” LoBue said. “Af­ter that, I changed my pro­gram to in­clude more som­er­saults in­stead of twists.” Michal Navratil of the Czech Repub­lic was 6.25 be­hind for sil­ver, while the bronze went to Alessan­dro De Rose of Italy. Andy Jones, another Amer­i­can, was fourth. — Agen­cies

BU­DAPEST: United States’ gold medal win­ner Lilly King is flanked by Rus­sia’s sil­ver medal win­ner Yuliya Efi­mova, left, and United States’ bronze medal win­ner Katie Meili, right, dur­ing the cer­e­mony for the women’s 50-me­ter breast­stroke fi­nal dur­ing the swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions of the World Aquat­ics Cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary, yes­ter­day.— AFP

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