Swimming: Efimova jeered on path to breaststroke final

Sun Aug 7, 2016 10:11pm EDT
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By Mark Trevelyan

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Russia's Yulia Efimova, who won her appeal against a doping ban on the eve of the Rio Olympics, was jeered before and after her 100 meters breaststroke semi-final on Sunday but qualified in second place for Monday's final.

Efimova, the world champion at the distance, clocked one minute 5.72 seconds in the semi-finals, two-hundredths of a second behind American Lilly King.

Both improved on their times in the morning heats, when King had shaded the Russian by 0.01 seconds.

In the first semi-final, Efimova was greeted with boos and klaxons before the start.

Defending Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania reacted first from the starting block and led at half-way, with Efimova turning in fifth place.

But the Russian moved up the field in the final 50 meters to win convincingly, and wagged one finger in the air as the crowd greeted her with more boos.

King won the second semi-final ahead of China's Shi Jinglin, who qualified third-fastest for the final, with Meilutyte in fourth.

Revelations of state-sponsored Russian doping overshadowed the build-up to the Olympics, and the country was banned on Sunday from the Paralympics that will follow.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Preliminary - Women's 100m Breaststroke - Heats - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/08/2016. Yulia Efimova (RUS) of Russia competes.    REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler