Trash-talk­ing King tun­ing up for ri­val af­ter U.S. Na­tion­als

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IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS | Olympic gold medal­ist Lilly King can pre­pare for an­other show­down with Rus­sian ri­val Yu­lia Efi­mova af­ter win­ning the women’s 200-me­ter breast­stroke at the U.S. Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

King had the sec­ond-best time in the world this year — 2 min­utes, 21.83 sec­onds. Efi­mova went 2:19.83 two weeks ago. The two have not squared off since King called Efi­mova a drug cheater last sum­mer in the Rio Olympics.

Katie Ledecky and Ryan Mur­phy lived up to their rep­u­ta­tions, too. Ledecky qual­i­fied for the Amer­i­can world cham­pi­onship team with a win in the women’s 200 freestyle. Mur­phy took the men’s 200 back­stroke.

Other win­ners in­cluded Kevin Cordes in the men’s 200 breast, Town­ley Haas in the men’s 200 free and Kath­leen Baker in the women’s 200 back.

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