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Meilutyte completes her medal set by winning European 100m crown

Ruta Meilutyte

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Ruta Meilutyte added the European 100m breaststroke title to her impressive collection of swimming crowns on Wednesday night in London.

The European long course 100m gold medal was the only one the 19-year-old was missing to complete her set.

She had already claimed the Olympic, world long and short course, the European short course crowns over that distance, as well the world record and all the junior titles available.

Meilutyte did win European long course 50m gold in 2014, but was unavailable for the 100m race as she was busy winning two titles at the Youth Olympics in China.

However, the Plymouth College pupil, who broke her elbow last year, completed her collection on Wednesday, competing in the same lane and pool as she famously won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games as a 15-year-old.

Meilutyte made a blistering start and was nearly one-and-a-half seconds in front of anyone at the 50m mark, making the turn in 30.17.

However, the Lithuanian slowed down on the second 50 and touched in 1:06.17, with Iceland’s Hrafnhildu Luthersdottir not far behind in 1:06.45.

Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton was third in 1:07.50.

Meilutyte was only spending two days up at London before returning to Plymouth to continue her tough Olympic training programme.

She said afterwards: “I’m very pleased. I’m happy to post consistent times, being in hard training still and unrested. It’s very good for me.

“Hopefully I’ll learn some things from this race and carry it to Rio.”

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