Indiana’s King Wins Gold in 100m Breaststroke at FINA World Championships


Indiana University postgraduate swimmer Lilly King won gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke on Tuesday at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

King, the world record holder in the event, successfully defended her title from 2017, touching the wall with a winning time of 1:04.93. Russia’s Yuliya Efimova won silver with a mark of 1:05.49.

The world title is the fifth in the career for King, who also won a pair of gold medals for Team USA in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

The Evansville, Ind. product will also swim the 50m and 200m breaststroke at the World Championships this week, and could also compete in the women’s 4x100m medley relay and the mixed 4x100m medley relay.

Earlier on Monday night, Indiana postgrad Zane Grothe placed 11th overall in the men’s 800m freestyle with a time of 7:50.14.

Swimming prelims in Gwangju begin each night at 9:00 p.m. ET, with finals the next morning starting at 7:00 a.m. ET. Swimming at the FINA World Championships runs through Monday, July 28.