Defending champion Ruta Meilutyte eases through heats at Worlds

REIGNING champion Ruta Meilutyte had no problems easing through the 100m breaststroke heats at the World Championships in Kazan.

The 18-year-old Plymouth Leander swimmer, who is Olympic champion and world record holder at the event, won her heat in a time of 1:06:81.

That ranked her fourth overall going into Monday evening’s semi-finals, with Russian Yuliya Efimova, China’s Jinslin Shi and American Jessica Hardy, who all swam in the same stacked heat, just ahead of her.

Meilutyte’s world and championship record in 1:04.35.


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