Aquatics

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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