RIO DE JANEIRO — Russian drug cheat Yulia Efimova had an extraordinary tearful meltdown minutes after she finished behind fierce rival Lilly King of the USA in a dramatic 100-meter breaststroke final.
Efimova initially held her emotions in check after King beat her to the line and celebrated wildly alongside her. But after completing a round of television interviews the Russian wept uncontrollably when she saw agent Anna Mitkova across a barrier in the media interview area.
USA TODAY Sports. "It is not fair. She is not a criminal and she competed because she was allowed to compete."
Said Efimova: “All the stuff that happened with me was unbelievable. I am happy to be here and racing finally. That is what is best. Try to understand me if you switch your and my side.
“I have once made mistakes and been banned for six months. The second time it was not my mistake.
"For me it is very hard to swim. These few weeks have been crazy."