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Lithuanian swimming star 19-year-old Rūta Meilutytė has won gold in the women's 100 metre breaststroke final at the European Championships.
Rūta Meilutytė
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She took gold in 1.06.17 seconds, well ahead of the rest of the field, on Wednesday evening in London.

“She is just a lot better than the other swimmers. We know how talented she is, we know how many competitions she has won over the last four years. And she is still a step ahead of most of the world's swimmers,“ said R. Meilutytė‘s coach John Rudd before the European Championship finals.

“But a lot of swimmers did not participate in this championship. Among them - Julia Efimova, Rikke Moller Pedersen, Jennie Johansson. So we can say apart from Rūta, the three strongest Europe‘s breaststroke swimmers did not take part in this championship. This creates an even greater imbalance. However, those three swimmers, if they were here, would fill the space between Rūta and the other swimmes,” said R. Meilutytė‘s coach John Rudd before the European Championship finals.

“Lithuania is following you to your sporting highs - we are happy and proud of your every victory. Your impressive achievements are changing Lithuania‘s and the world‘s swimming history and unites us and becomes a triumph for the whole country,” said the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė congratulated Rūta Meilutytė.

On Wednesday Meilutytė also received a gold medal from the last championship in Herning in 2013 after Julia Efimova was disqualified for doping and Lithuanian was moved to first place.