USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers on national competition and jingoism at the Olympics.
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RIO DE JANEIRO — Yulia Efimova believes she is primed to exact revenge on American foe Lilly King as the Rio Olympics’ most heated rivalry continues on Wednesday.
Efimova, a drug cheat who was controversially cleared to compete hours before the swimming competition began, was defeated by King in the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday night following a fierce war of words — and finger wagging.
King refused to back down from her anti-doping stance in the aftermath of the race, speaking of her pride at winning gold as a clean athlete while sitting about four feet away from Efimova in the same news conference. The pair will square off again in the 200 breaststroke, which begins on Wednesday with preliminary and semifinal heats.
“I will be better,” Efimova told…