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Lilly King earns 2nd place finish in 100m breaststroke semifinals, qualifies for Olympic final

Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 7:53 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2021 at 9:35 PM CDT
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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.

[READ: Lilly King shares schedule for Olympic swim times]

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.

[READ: Evansville planning Lilly King Olympic watch parties]

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