Rūta Meilutytė

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Rūta Meilutytė
Rūta Meilutytė portrait.jpg
Meilutytė at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Personal information
Full name Rūta Meilutytė
Nationality  Lithuania
Born (1997-03-19) 19 March 1997 (age 17)
Kaunas, Lithuania
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke, Freestyle
Club Plymouth Leander
Coach Jon Rudd

Rūta Meilutytė (IPA: [ruːˈt̪ɐ mʲɛɪ̯ɫʊˈtʲi̇̂ːtʲeː]; born March 19, 1997) is a Lithuanian swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and world record holder. She is the current world record holder in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke (long course).

At the age of 15, she had already broken eleven Lithuanian women's swimming records.[1] At the 2011 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival (Trabzon – Turkey) Meilutytė won the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke, a silver in the 50m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m freestyle. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Meilutytė won the gold medal in the women's 100 metre breaststroke with a time of 1:05.47.[2][3] [4] [5] At age 15, she is also the youngest Lithuanian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. In the semi-final she broke the European record in the 100 m breastroke with a time of 1:05:21. In 2013 Meilutytė broke her own European record by 0.01 second.[6] Rūta competed at 2013 World Aquatics Championships, in Barcelona, and achieved world records in the 100, and 50 meter breaststroke.[7] Meilutytė is a swimming scholar at Plymouth College and is coached by Jon Rudd at the Plymouth Leander Swimming programme.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Meilutytė was born in Kaunas, Lithuania on March 19, 1997, the daughter of Saulius Meilutis and Ingrida Meilutienė. During her early childhood Rūta lost her mother. In March 2001, when Rūta Meilutytė was 4, her mother was killed in a car accident.[9] She only vaguely remembers her, but relatives say that many of the swimmer's physical traits are inherited from her mother. Her father is a nurse for handicapped people, while before the accident her mother was a housewife. Meilutytė has two older brothers, Margiris (age 20), who is a law student, and Mindaugas (age 24).[9] Meilutytė began swimming at the age of seven.[10] Although not particularly tall, she has had size 43 feet (11 US) since she was just 13 years-old, and she wears now a size 44 shoe (12 US).[9][11][12][13] At age 13 she moved from Kaunas to Plymouth, where her father and brothers lived. Since then she has been coached by Jon Rudd at the Plymouth Leander Club.[14]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2010 she broke her first Lithuanian swimming record in the women's 50 m and 100 m breaststroke.

2012[edit]

2012 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

Rūta at the 2012 Olympic Games with the Lithuanian swim team.

After earning selection to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Meilutytė became the youngest Lithuanian swimmer to compete at Olympic games ever. In her first event, the 100-meter breaststroke heats, Meilutytė placed first, with a time of 1:05.56, and broke the national Lithuanian swimming record for the 100-meter breaststroke. At the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals, Meilutytė also placed first, by breaking her previously set Lithuanian swimming record and she also broke the women's 100-meter breaststroke European record, with a time of 1:05.21. During the 100-meter breaststroke final, she won the gold medal, with a time of 1:05.47.[3][15] Meilutytė also competed in the 50m freestyle, where she failed to progress to the semi-final despite winning her heat and setting a new national record of 25.55 seconds,[16] and the 100m freestyle.[17]

During the 41st European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly, Meilutytė was named 2012 best European young athlete of the year.[18]

2012 World Swimming Championships[edit]

At the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) in Istanbul, Turkey, Meilutytė competed in four events: 50-metre breaststroke, 100-metre breaststroke, 100-metre freestyle and 100-metre individual medley.

In her first event, 50-metre breaststroke heats, Meilutytė placed first, with a time of 29.56 seconds, and broke the national Lithuanian swimming record, European record and Championship record for the women's 50-metre breaststroke (short-course). In the 50-metre breaststroke semifinals, Meilutytė also placed first, by breaking the same records again, with a time of 29.51 seconds. During the 50-meter breaststroke final, she won the gold medal, by beating Alia Atkinson (29.62) and Jessica Hardy (29.82) with a time of 29.44 seconds and for the third time broke all three records for the women's 50-metre breaststroke (short-course).[19]

At the 100-metre freestyle, where she progressed to the semi-final by placing 5th in her heat and setting a new national record of 53.54 seconds. Due to the fact that the semifinals of women's 100-metre freestyle were held just 19 minutes before the 50-metre breaststroke final, Meilutytė withdrew from the 100-metre freestyle semifinals because of the schedule being too tight.[19]

Meilutytė also competed in the 100-metre individual medley. During the 100-metre individual medley heats, Meilutytė placed second and set a new national record of 59.33 seconds. In the 100-metre individual medley semifinals she placed third and again set a new national record of 59.15 seconds. In the final of the same event, Meilutytė won the silver medal and for the third time set a new national record of 58.79 seconds.[20]

On the third day of the Championships, Meilutytė competed in 100-metre breaststroke heats, where she placed first and set a new national record of 1:04.69. At the 100-metre breaststroke semifinals she placed second, with a time of 1:04.81. On 15 December, Meilutytė competed in her last event of the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships – the 100-metre breaststroke finals, and won her second gold medal in this championship, with a time of 1:03.52, and broke the national Lithuanian swimming record, European record and Championship record (which was previously held by Rebecca Soni) for the women's 100-metre breaststroke (short-course).[21][22]

During this championship, Meilutytė broke various national Lithuanian swimming records nine times, European – four times and Championship records also four times.

2013[edit]

2013 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

At the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Meilutytė has competed in three events: 50-metre breaststroke, 100-metre breaststroke and 100-metre freestyle. On July 29, 2013, Meilutytė competed in her first event – the 100-meter breaststroke heats, where she placed first with a time of 1:04.52, and broke the national Lithuanian swimming record, European record and Championship record for the 100-meter breaststroke (long course).[23] On the same day in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals Meilutytė broke the World record in 100-metre breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:04:35 seconds and becoming the first record-holder of the championships[24] and the first Lithuanian athlete to break a swimming world record since Lithuania gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.[25] During the 100-meter breaststroke final, she won the gold medal, by beating Yuliya Efimova (1:05.02) and Jessica Hardy (1:05.52) with a time of 1:04.42.[26]

Meilutytė also competed in the 100-metre freestyle, where she finished with a time of 55.72 and failed to progress to the semi-final. She also was scheduled to compete in the 50-metre freestyle, but did not start because wanted to concentrate on her next event - 50-metre breaststroke.

In 50-metre breaststroke heats, Meilutytė placed third, with a time of 30.07.[27] On the same day, during the 50-meter breaststroke semifinals, Meilutytė placed first, with a time of 29.48, and broke world record in 50-metre breaststroke, which was previously held by Yuliya Yefimova, who broke it in the 50-metre breaststroke heats on the same day before. On the next and the last day of the championships, Meilutytė competed in 50-metre breaststroke final, where she won the silver medal with a time of 29.59.[28]

2013 World Junior Swimming Championships[edit]

2013 Swimming World Cup[edit]

Personal bests[edit]

As of 13 October 2013
Event Time Meet Location Date Note(s)
50m breaststroke (long course) 29.48 2013 World Aquatics Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain August 3, 2013 NR/WR
100m breaststroke (long course) 1:04.35 2013 World Aquatics Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain July 29, 2013 NR/WR
50m breaststroke (short course) 28.89 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup Moscow Russia Moscow, Russia October 13, 2013 NR/ER
100m breaststroke (short course) 1:02.36 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup Moscow Russia Moscow, Russia October 12, 2013 NR/WR
50m butterfly (long course) 27.14 2013 World Junior Championships United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE August 28, 2013 NR
50m backstroke (long course) 29.04 2013 World Junior Championships United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE August 29, 2013 NR
100m backstroke (long course) 1.04.19 2012 British GAS Swimming Competition United Kingdom Plymouth, United Kingdom May 7, 2012
50m freestyle (long course) 25.10 2013 World Junior Championships United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE August 31, 2013 NR
100m freestyle (long course) 54.94 2013 World Junior Championships United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE August 28, 2013 NR/CR
200m freestyle (long course) 2:02.68 2012 British GAS Swimming Competition United Kingdom Plymouth, United Kingdom May 7, 2012 NR
50m freestyle (short course) 24.97 2012 World Cup Sweden Stockholm, Sweden October 13, 2012 NR
100m freestyle (short course) 53.54 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey December 13, 2012 NR
200m individual medley (long course) 2:12.32 2013 World Junior Championships United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE August 29, 2013 NR/CR
100m individual medley (short course) 58.57 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup Moscow Russia Moscow, Russia October 13, 2013 NR
200m individual medley (short course) 2:09.55 2012 Lithuanian Championships Lithuania Anykščiai, Lithuania December 22, 2012 NR

Records[edit]

European records[edit]

Type Distance Event Time Meet Location Date Age Ref
ER 100 m (long course) Breaststroke 1:05.21 2012 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 29 July 2012 15 [29]
ER 50 m (short course) Breaststroke 29.44 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 13 Dec 2012 15 [30]
ER 100 m (short course) Breaststroke 1:03.52 2012 World Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 15 Dec 2012 15 [22]
ER 100 m (long course) Breaststroke 1:05.20 2013 International Swimming Meeting of Monte-Carlo Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco 8 June 2013 16 [6]
ER 50 m (long course) Breaststroke 29.96 2013 International Swimming Meeting of Barcelona Spain Barcelona, Spain 11 June 2013 16 [31]
ER 100 m (long course) Breaststroke 1:04.35 2013 World Aquatics Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain 29 July 2013 16 [23]
ER 100 m (short course) Breaststroke 1:02.36 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup Moscow Russia Moscow, Russia 12 October 2013 16 [32]
ER 50 m (short course) Breaststroke 28.89 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup Moscow Russia Moscow, Russia 13 October 2013 16 [33]

World records[edit]

Type Distance Event Time Meet Location Date Age Ref
WR 100 m (long course) Breaststroke 1:04.35 2013 World Aquatics Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain 29 July 2013 16 [24]
WR 50 m (long course) Breaststroke 29.48 2013 World Aquatics Championships Spain Barcelona, Spain 3 August 2013 16 [34]
WR 100 m (short course) Breaststroke 1:02.36 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup Moscow Russia Moscow, Russia 12 October 2013 16 [32]

Decorations[edit]

LTU Order for Merits to Lithuania - Grand Cross BAR.svg
Grand Cross of Order for Merits to Lithuania (August 10, 2012)[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Lithuanian 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte wins shock gold". Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Walker, Peter; Bull, Andy (31 July 2012). "Ruta Meilutyte grabs a gold for Lithuania". Guardian UK (London). Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rūta Meilutytė is the new world champion". Lithuania Tribune. 
  5. ^ "Meilutytė: I have to say no to Great Britain". Lithuania Tribune. 
  6. ^ a b "2013 International Swimming Meeting of Monte-Carlo 100 m Breastroke Women". http://montecarlo-swimming.org. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Olympic teen swim sensation Ruta Meilutyte overcomes adversity - CNN.com". CNN. 5 June 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.london2012.com/athlete/meilutyte-ruta-1065297/
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  11. ^ http://i-swimmer.ru/foto/lithuania/meilutyte/meilutyte.htm In Russian
  12. ^ Rūta Meilutytė, who grew up without mother is accompanied on her road to victories by her father
  13. ^ http://deportes.elpais.com/deportes/2013/07/30/actualidad/1375211827_715106.html In Spanish
  14. ^ http://www.yourswimlog.com/how-badass-is-ruta-meilutytes-start/
  15. ^ White, Duncan (31 July 2012). "15-year-old Plymouth schoolgirl Ruta Meilutyte takes shock 100m breaststroke gold". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Women's 50m Freestyle, London2012.com
  17. ^ Women's 100m Freestyle, London2012.com
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  21. ^ "R.Meilutytė iškovojo dar vieną aukso medalį!". delfi.lt. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
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  26. ^ Rogers, Iain (30 July 2013). "Meilutyte adds breaststroke gold to world record". Reuters. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
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  32. ^ a b http://www.swimvortex.com/next-wave-in-meilutyte-mission-102-36-wr/
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  35. ^ Prezidentė apdovanojo olimpinę čempionę Rūtą Meilutytę

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Russia Yuliya Yefimova
Women's 50 m breaststroke
world record holder
(long course)

August 03, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
United States Jessica Hardy
Women's 100 m breaststroke
world record holder
(long course)

July 29, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
United States Rebecca Soni
Women's 100 metre breaststroke
world record holder
(short course)

October 12, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by

Russia Yuliya Yefimova
Russia Yuliya Yefimova
Women's 50 m breaststroke
European record holder
(long course)

June 11, 2013 – August 3, 2013
August 3, 2013 – present
Succeeded by

Russia Yuliya Yefimova
Incumbent
Preceded by
Russia Yuliya Yefimova
Women's 100 m breaststroke
European record holder
(long course)

July 29, 2012 – June 8, 2013
8 June 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Germany Janne Schäfer
Women's 50 m breaststroke
European record holder
(short course)

December 12, 2012 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Denmark Rikke Møller-Pedersen
Women's 100 m breaststroke
European record holder
(short course)

December 15, 2012 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Poland Tobiasz Lis
Best European Young Athlete of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Lithuania Laura Asadauskaitė
Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent