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A Watch Party for Lilly

Steve Burger

A crowd gathered at Bosse Field Monday evening to watch Evansville’s Lilly King attempt to be the first woman to repeat as gold medalist in the one hundred meter breast stroke event at the Tokyo Olympics. 

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Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke hands out flags to the watch party at Bosse Field.

For Edith Marks of Evansville, the watch party was a family affair.

“Yes, my daughter, my granddaughter, my great granddaughter and my husband all came out to represent Lilly. Hope she brings back a gold to Evansville.”

When you’re at a watch party, even at age seven like Aria Johnson, it’s important to know who you’re watching.

“What do you know about Lilly King?”

“That she swims.”

The gates opened at 7pm. Just before 9:30, it was time for the event. The crowd cheered, many rising to their feet to show their support for the local favorite.

As you know by now, Lilly King did not win a gold medal in the event. That went to seventeen year old Lydia Jacoby from Seward, Alaska. King will bring a bronze medal back to Evansville.

But that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd, which gave a hearty cheer for the accomplishment.

And then, they finished up with a fireworks show anyway.

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