In the buildup for their final breaststroke showdown in Budapest, Lilly King and Russian rival Yulia Efimova won their preliminary heats to earn the top two seeds entering the semifinals later today.
King, an Evansville native, won her 50-meter heat — the last of the morning — at the FINA World Swimming Championships, clocking a 29.76 effort. Efimova swam just ahead of King in the fifth heat and won in 29.99.
Italy’s Arianna Castiglioni (30.33) was third overall and USA’s Katie Meili (30.37) was fourth, Sweden’s Jennie Johansson (30.40) was fifth, Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte (30.58) was sixth, Australia’s Jessica Leigh Hansen (30.59) was seventh and Great Britain’s Sara Vasey (30.71) was eighth.
King set a world record in winning the 100-meter race in which Efimova was third. But in the 200, Efimova claimed gold and King was fourth.