U.S. Swimmer Lilly King’s Finger Wag At Russian Swimmer Should Win Its Own Gold

The Olympic medal count needs updating after the United States’ Lilly King’s gold in “throwing shade.”

The American swimmer made no secret about her feelings toward Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova on Sunday night.

Efimova originally was banned from the 2016 Olympics as part of a doping controversy that seemed to rock the Russian Olympic contingency. However, the International Olympic Committee ruled shortly before the games that the Russians would be able to participate in Rio de Janeiro.

That’s made Efimova, who tested positive for traces of the anabolic steroid DHEA, public enemy No. 1 in Rio. Swim fans showered the swimmer with loud boos Sunday night, jeers that only grew louder after she finished first in her heat for the 100m breaststroke.

That’s where King comes in to play. NBC cameras caught the 19-year-old swinnger in the warmup area wagging her finger at the monitor where Efimova was raising her finger in the air in a “No. 1” gesture.

Not only that, King backed up the finger wag by besting Efimova’s time in her own heat.

She then explained herself after her race.

King really will get a chance to drive home that point Monday night, where she’ll do battle with Efimova in the 100m breaststroke final.

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