BUDAPEST ( Associated Press) — In a night of redemption for American swimmers, Lily King, Ryan Murphy and the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay team won three more gold medals for the United States at the World Swimming Championships on Thursday.
King proved himself right after missing the podium in the 100m breaststroke by winning the 200m final in the same stroke for the first time.
“Whenever I know how to swim, I find that I have a lot of guys. And just being able to prove them wrong excites me,” King said.
The 25-year-old put up a strong performance with a time of 2:22.41, beating Australian Jenna Strauch in 63rd hundredth. Kate Douglas won the bronze medal for the United States.
King had earlier won gold medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the 2017 and 2019 Worlds.
“It’s really nice to be able to complete sets and I feel like I’m a good swimmer now,” King joked of her 10 medals — nine of them gold — at the world championships. Only Caleb Dressel (15) has won more medals since 2017.
Murphy claimed the second gold of the night for the Americans in the men’s 200m backstroke, after a time of 1:54.52 to beat Britain’s Luke Greenbank in 64th place and American teammate Shine Kaas to 83rd.
At 26, Murphy is another relative veteran on the American team. It was his first gold in an individual event at the World Championships, adding to his four gold medals in the relay.
“I remember in 2014 I was the youngest on the team and at the time there were some really good guys driving us back. And it’s great to think that now I’m in a position to be a mentor to young people,” Murphy said. “We have an incredible legacy on the national team. It’s great to try to give it back.”
In the relay, the Americans had to make it to the men’s 4×200 freestyle after going without a medal for the first time in that race at last year’s Olympics.
The Australians claimed the other two golds in contention at the Duna Arena in Budapest on Thursday.
World record holder Zack Stubalti-Cook of Australia won the men’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:07.07-1.31 seconds over Yu Hanaguruma of Japan and Erik Persson of Sweden, who finished second. Persson is the first Swede to win a medal at the World Championships since 2007.