BUDAPEST, Hungary — Lilly King took the breaststroke rubber match with Yulia Efimova — and set another world record for good measure.
The brash King knocked off her second record of the world championships in Budapest, touching first in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.40 seconds Sunday.
She eclipsed the mark of 29.48 set by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte at the 2013 worlds in Barcelona.
King added the 50 mark to her record-setting performance in the 100 breast. This was essentially the deciding match of her duel with Efimova, who won the 200 breast while King finished fourth.
Efimova settled for silver in the 50 at 29.57, while American Katie Meili took the bronze in 29.99.
“I always think Lilly has a world record in her,” Meili said. “Yeah, I knew she was going to go really fast. She’s been incredible this meet. Totally lights on her every time she gets in the pool, so I’m very, very proud of her.”
Despite hard feelings between King and Efimova, sparked last summer when King griped that the Russian should not be allowed to compete because of doping violations, the two hugged each other and even appeared to joke around a bit after the race.
Chase Kalisz kept the U.S. firmly on top of the world in the men’s individual medley, breezing to victory in the 400 IM to add to his triumph in the 200. He became the first swimmer at worlds to sweep the event, which encompasses all four strokes, since Ryan Lochte in 2011.
Kalisz carried on American domination of the IMs that goes back more than two decades, largely because of Michael Phelps — a former training partner — and Lochte.
Neither is in Budapest, of course. Phelps retired again after the Rio Games, while Lochte was not allowed to compete at worlds because of his shenanigans at last summer’s Olympics.
No worries for Team USA.
Kalisz pulled away on the breaststroke leg and…