BUDAPEST – American Lilly King broke the world record for women’s 50 metres breaststroke with a time of 29.40 seconds at the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships on Sunday.
She broke Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte‘s previous record of 29.48 seconds set by at the 2013 world championships.
King held off a strong swim from Yulia Efimova of Russia who won the silver at 29.57. Efimova has now medaled at the last five World Championships in this event dating back to her gold in 2009.
American Katie Meili finished in third at 29.99 for her second individual medal of the meet. Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte came in fourth (30.20), Sweden’s Jennie Johansson (30.31), Great Britain’s Sarah Vasey (30.62), Italy’s Arianna Castiglioni (30.74) and Canada’s Rachel Nicol (30.80) also competed in the championship final.