Annie Razor swam next to her teammates who had been by her side since the family tragedy and won the woman’s 200-meter breaststroke.
Swimmer Annie Razor emotionally hit the water on Friday, her first Olympics, less than two months after her father suddenly died.
On her side was her training partner, Lilly King, who had been on Razol’s side ever since the tragedy.
Razol won the women’s 200-meter breaststroke final and King finished second. Building a team this year was Lazor’s last chance. And at the age of 26, she is the oldest American Olympic athlete to swim for the first time in 17 years. According to NBC Sports.
King didn’t hesitate when Annie’s father, David, died suddenly at home on April 25th. A tough-speaking swimmer known to be ferocious and intimidating, drove for five hours to support Lazor.
King promised Razol’s mom that she would do everything she could to ensure that Razol would form an Olympic team, NBC said.
Before they climbed over the starting blocks on Friday, King told Razol in the lane next to her, “I love you. Get it.”
King took the lead at mid-Friday, but Razol stood up from behind, leading the last leg and touching the wall first. King, who had already passed the qualifying in the 100-meter breaststroke, finished in 2nd place.
Razol immediately hugged King in the next lane, and then the two won by raising their locked fists into the air.
After that, Razor sat on the lane divider and hit the water. Another swimmer came to hug her.
“I just overcame my emotions. It was a long month for me, and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve it without this girl,” Lazor later said.
“We really wanted to do it together,” she added, referring to King.
Hitting Olympic tickets two months after Anne Razor lost her father
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