Lilly King earns 2nd place finish in 100m breaststroke semifinals, qualifies for Olympic final
TOKYO (WFIE) - Evansville’s Lilly King placed second in the Olympic 100-meter breaststroke semifinals on Sunday night.
King, who came away with the gold medal in the same event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, finished with a time of 1:05.40.
South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker came out on top with the fastest time at 1:05.07.
This is the first time that King has lost a race in the 100-meter breaststroke event since December 2015.
Despite the loss, the two-time Olympic gold medalist will still advance to the Olympic final, which is slated for Monday night.
You can watch the race live on WFIE.
Earlier Sunday, King won the sixth and final heat in the 100-meter breaststroke preliminary.
She finished with a time of 1:05.55, which ranks as the third-fastest of all the heats.
Schoenmaker swam the fastest time at 1:04.82, breaking King’s previous Olympic record.
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