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Lilly King wins 100 breaststroke; Meili takes bronze

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In the hours leading up to the final of the women’s 100 meter breaststroke, a rivalry began to fester between Lilly King of the United States and Russia’s Yulia Efimova. With Efimova originally banned from competing as part of a Russian doping scandal, she arrived in Rio amidst controversy. With both laying claim to the top spot in the event following their respective semifinal heats, the world would have its answer as to who was really number one.

The answer: King.

WATCH: Lilly King wins gold in 100 meter breaststroke

King won the gold medal, finishing in 1:04.93 with Efimova winning silver with a time of 1:05.50. Winning the bronze medal was Katie Meili of the United States, who finished in a time of 1:05.69. In winning the gold King established a new Olympic record in the event, breaking the mark of 1:05.17 set by Australia’s Leslie Jones in Beijing in 2008. Just over a year ago King won an Indiana state title in the 100 breaststroke as a high school senior; now she’s an Olympic champion.

As for Meili, the Columbia product became the Ivy League’s first Olympic swimming medalist since Cristina Teuscher won bronze in the 200 meter individual medley at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte, the current world record holder in the 100 meter breaststroke, finished seventh with a time of 1:07.32. Canada’s Rachel Nicol finished fifth with a time of 1:06.68.

David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

More on the design from Tokyo 2020:

The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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