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Yulia Efimova withdraws from potential Lilly King rematch at short course worlds

Swimming - Olympics: Day 3

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Gold medalist Lilly King of the United States celebrates as silver medalist Yulia Efimova of Russia looks on during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Russian Yulia Efimova announced Sunday that she will miss December’s world short course championships due to purulent tonsillitis, three days after rival Lilly King was named to the U.S. roster for the meet.

Efimova and King developed a rivalry in Rio, with the American saying the Russian shouldn’t have been allowed to compete given her doping history. King memorably finger-wagged at Efimova and beat the Russian in the 100m breaststroke.

Efimova took silver in both the 100m and 200m breast in Rio, adding to her 2012 Olympic 200m breast bronze. She and King, a University of Indiana sophomore, have not raced each other since the Rio Games.

This means Efimova and King might not face off again until the 2017 World Championships in Budapest in July.

Short course worlds are held in 25-meter pools, while the world championships and Olympics are in 50-meter pools.

This year’s short course worlds are Dec. 6-11 in Windsor, Ontario. The U.S. team includes 10 Olympians.

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