August 9th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– RIA – translated by J. Flores –
“Swimmer Yuliya Efimova wins Olympic silver” – RIA
Russia’s Yuliya Efimova won the silver medal at the Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro in the hundred meters breaststroke.
In the final, Efimova swam the distance in 5.50 seconds. The gold medal was won by American Lilly King, setting a new Olympic record (1.04,93). The top three winners also closed the representative of the United States – Katie Meili (1.05,69).
The previous world record holder, a representative of the Lithuanian Ruta Meylyutite only came in 7th with a time of 7.32 seconds.
Before the start of the final swim parts of the audience booed Efimov, who in their view, should not be competing nor honored in the ceremony.
During the ceremony Lilly King and Katie Meili refused to congratulate the Russian woman with a silver medal. Later, King apologized for his action.
Earlier CAS declared the decision of the IOC on the dismissal of Russian athletes to the Games to be illegal. Among those later admitted to the competition was Efimova, who allegedly broke the rules in 2013 and was disqualified for 16 months.
Yulia Efimova is a four-time world champion, three-time European champion in the 50-meter, three-time European champion in the 25-meter, as well as the bronze medalist of the 2012 Olympics in London.
Efimova brought to the treasury of the Russian national team its tenth award at the 2016 Olympics. According to experts at R-Sport, the Russians swim team is projected to take home six medals.