Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre breaststroke
|Women's 100 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Venue||Olympic Aquatics Stadium|
|Dates||7 August 2016 (heats &
8 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||44 from 35 nations|
|Winning time||1:04.93 OR|
U.S. swimmer Lilly King stormed home on the final lap in a grudge match against Russia's Yuliya Yefimova to capture the sprint breaststroke title for the first time, since Megan Quann topped the podium in 2000. With 15 metres to go, King launched a mighty surge to pass Yefimova by more than half a second for the gold medal with a time of 1:04.93. King's time also shaved 0.24 seconds off the Olympic record set by Australia's four-time Olympian Leisel Jones from Beijing in 2008. After a successful appeal against doping suspension that allowed her to compete in Rio, Yefimova entered the pool with loud boos from the crowd, but did not let it shake her performance, finishing with a silver in 1:05.50. King's teammate Katie Meili snared the final podium spot with a 1:05.69 for the bronze.
China's Shi Jinglin delivered a time of 1:06.37 to pick up the fourth spot, just ahead of Canada's Rachel Nicol (1:06.68) by about three tenths of a second. Iceland's Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir placed sixth in 1:07.18, while Lithuania's world-record holder and defending champion Rūta Meilutytė could not reproduce her effort from London 2012 with a seventh-place time in 1:07.32. Jamaica's Alia Atkinson, fourth-place finalist at the previous Games, rounded out the top eight with a 1:08.10.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Rūta Meilutytė (LTU)||1:04.35||Barcelona, Spain||29 July 2013|
|Olympic record||Leisel Jones (AUS)||1:05.17||Beijing, China||10 August 2008|
The following records were established during the competition:
|7 August||Heat||Jenna Laukkanen||Finland||1:07.35||NR|
|8 August||Final||Lilly King||United States||1:04.93||OR|
|4||3||Rikke Møller Pedersen||Denmark||1:07.07|
|6||7||Chloe Tutton||Great Britain||1:07.29|
|1||4||Lilly King||United States||1:05.70||Q|
|3||5||Katie Meili||United States||1:06.52||Q|
|8||8||Viktoriya Zeynep Güneş||Turkey||1:07.41|
|4||Lilly King||United States||1:04.93||OR|
|2||Katie Meili||United States||1:05.69|
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