Teen star Ruta Meilutyte sets new women's 100m breaststroke world record

The 16-year-old broke the four-year-old mark at the swimming world championships in Barcelona on Tuesday.

updated: July 30, 2013 16:39 IST
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Barcelona: Lithuania's teenage Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte broke the women's 100m breaststroke world record with a new mark of 1min 04.35secs on Monday in the semi-finals at the swimming world championships.

The 16-year-old, who pulled off a shock win in the Olympic final in London last year, blazed into Tuesday's final in Barcelona and punched the water repeatedly with delight when her record was confirmed.

She broke the four-year-old mark of 1min 04.45secs, set by Jessica Hardy of the USA during the era when the high-tech swim suits were legal and the petite Lithuanian burst into tears as her achievement sank in.

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