Excerpt from The Washington Post
Presented by Dave Sheinin
RIO DE JANEIRO — It would be a stretch, by almost any definition, to refer to Lilly King and Yulia Efimova as swimming rivals. The world-class breaststrokers, the former an American, the latter a Russian, had never raced each other in the same heat as best as anyone could determine, and as recently as Friday night they were not even entered together in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Only King was.
But then FINA, swimming’s world governing body, decided without explanation the night before the competition to allow Efimova into the Olympic meet, despite ties to the current Russian doping scandal, and then King expressed, through words and gestures, her displeasure with that decision.