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Evansville’s Lilly King advances to Olympic 200m breaststroke finals in Tokyo

Evansville’s Lilly King is set to compete in the Olympic 200-meter breaststroke semifinals on...
Evansville’s Lilly King is set to compete in the Olympic 200-meter breaststroke semifinals on Wendesday night.
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 6:26 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 10:37 PM CDT
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TOKYO (WFIE) - Evansville’s Lilly King came away in second place in the first heat of the Olympic 200-meter breaststroke semifinals on Wednesday night.

King finished with a time of 2:22.27 in the semifinals, which placed the two-time Olympic gold medalist at fifth overall.

She fell just short of South African swimmer Kaylene Corbett, who finished with the fastest time in the heat at 2:22.08.

King’s time qualifies her for Thursday’s final. This is her third career individual Olympic final and her first in the 200-meter breaststroke.

On Wednesday morning, King raced in heat three of the 200-meter breaststroke, winning with a time of 2:22.10.

This time is a new personal record for King, who finished with the second-fastest time among all swimmers in the preliminary.

These races are building up to the 200-meter breaststroke finals, which is slated for Thursday night.

You can catch all the action from Mosby Pool at Howell Park on Evansville’s west side.

Before King’s races start Thursday, attendees can enjoy free swimming from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Two days ago, King won the bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke, losing to American teammate Lydia Jacoby for the gold.

You can watch all the Olympic coverage right here on WFIE.

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