(USA TODAY) RIO DE JANEIRO — American swimmer Lilly King set up a Monday night grudge match against Russian drug cheat Yulia Efimova with a heavy dose of “trash-talking” and a Dikembe Mutombo-style finger wave following Sunday’s 100-meter breaststroke semifinals.
After Efimova, the crowd villain at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium after being controversially restored to the Games on Saturday following a previous ban, posted 1:05.72 in the first semifinal, she appeared to mock King by waggling her index finger — King had first performed the move earlier in the day.
King, 19, refused to back down. The American youngster was waiting in the ready room ahead of her swim in the second semifinal, made eye contact with Efimova, then sparred back with a finger shake and a fierce glare of her own.
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