Ruta MEILUTYTE

Lithuania LTU

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    London 2012
  • Year of Birth
    1997
Olympic Results

Biography

Ruta MEILUTYTE

The 15-year-old schoolgirl – described as a ‘chatterbox’ by the headmaster at her school in Plymouth, Devon– was left speechless with emotion as the enormity of her win sank in.

The teenage sensation, who has already broken nine swimming records in her home country, set a new European record in the heats and was fastest into the final, where she led from start to finish and blew away the competition, including world champion Rebecca Soni, to win in 1:05.55.

Later she said: ‘I was just so shocked. I slept with the medal in the pocket of my pyjamas.’

Her astonishing win thrilled the crowd in the Aquatics Centre – not least because British fans have adopted Meilutyte, who moved with her father to the UK aged 12 in search of better training and coaching facilities.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

#7
100 metres Breaststroke
100 metres Breaststroke Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

G
100 metres Breaststroke
100 metres Breaststroke Swimming
#=29
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
#=26
50 metres Freestyle
50 metres Freestyle Swimming