Today’s star at the 15thFINA World Championships Barcelona 2013 is Ruta Meilutyte, a young Lithuanian swimmer who became famous one year ago. Today she claimed the first world record in these Championships at the Women's 100m breaststroke semifinals at the Palau Sant Jordi. The Olympic champion got a time of 1:04.35, beating Jessica Hardy's (USA) record in 2009 with 1:04.45. Hardy was ranked second in today’s race. Meilutyte beat her but also took her record away. That was even harder!
The female swimmer from Kaunas already gave the first impression that something big was coming when she broke the European record early this morning (1:04.52) in the preliminaries. Both spectacular performances were executed in lane 4, where the favourite of the race always swims.
The young Meilutyte, who lives in England, started swimming in the deepest part of the swimming pool when she was only seven and she almost drowned. She was rescued by her coach. Ruta and her family moved to Plymouth (England) in 2009 so that she could train, as it was not easy for her to combine her studies with swimming. It has been with her coach’s help, Jon Rudd, that she has got her great results, becoming a worldwide star. Meilutyte now has both the 100m breaststroke Olympic title and the World record. Tomorrow the big Title awaits her.
In the Olympic Games in London 2012 she wowed the whole world with her victory in the 100m breaststroke event. Ruta won the gold medal being only 15 years old, becoming the youngest medalist in Lithuanian sports history.