Swimmer Has Single-Finger Gesture for Doping Rival

American Lilly King, Yulia Efimova face off in Monday's finals
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 8, 2016 10:27 AM CDT
Swimmer Has Single-Finger Gesture for Doping Rival
United States' Lilly King competes in a heat of the women's 100-meter breaststroke during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

American Lilly King has her sights set on winning Olympic gold and she's not about to let anyone get in her way, especially not world champion breaststroker Yulia Efimova of Russia. King made that clear in a finger-waving display worthy of Dikembe Mutombo as she disparaged the Russian for doping. When Efimova waved a No. 1 finger after her semifinal on Sunday, King leaned back and gave her own version toward Efimova's face on a TV monitor. ""You're shaking your finger No. 1, and you've been caught for drug cheating. I'm just not a fan," King told reporters who asked about the gesture, reports CBS News. King then qualified fastest for the eight-woman 100-meter breaststroke final in 1 minute, 5.70 seconds, just ahead of Efimova's time of 1:05.72.

Efimova is being allowed to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games following a 16-month suspension for doping and despite another positive test this year for the now-banned substance meldonium. (That's the drug that got Maria Sharipova a two-year doping ban.) The 24-year-old Russian is a flashpoint in her country's doping scandal because of her two infractions, reports the AP. Efimova's positive test for meldonium was placed on hold while world anti-doping officials conduct further studies on the drug. "If that's what she feels she needs to be able to compete, whatever, that's her deal," King told reporters. "I'm here to compete clean for the US and that's what I'm going to do." The two women square off in the final Monday night, swimming next to each other. (Read more 2016 Olympics stories.)

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