• Swimming World Championships

Meilutyte storms to world title win

ESPN staff
July 30, 2013
Ruta Meilutyte is now Olympic and world champion © Getty Images

Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte has added another gold medal to her collection after winning the 100 metres breaststroke final at the Swimming World Championships in Barcelona.

Meilutyte clocked a time of one minute 04.42 seconds to be crowned world champion at the Palau Sant Jordi - seven hundredths outside the world record she set in Monday's semi-final.

It crowns another remarkable achievement for the 16-year-old Lithuanian, who is based in Plymouth.

"Being a part of history is absolutely amazing," Meilutyte said. "One of my biggest reasons I do this is to bring more people to swimming.

"There are one or two more people in the crowd now and I'm really proud to be Lithuanian and have fans here."

Elsewhere, Katie Ledecky crushed the world record in the 1500m freestyle to win her second gold medal at the Championships.

The 16-year-old American edged defending world champion Lotte Friis in the final 200m to set a time of 15 mins 36.53s, beating Kate Ziegler's 2007 effort by over six seconds.

Fellow American Missy Franklin was victorious in the 100m backstroke, claiming her second gold of the Championships with a time of 58.42s ahead of Emily Seebohm and Aya Terakawa.

Great Britain's Robbie Renwick finished sixth in the 200m freestyle, a race won by American Yannick Agnel, but Roberto Pavoni failed to qualify for the 200m butterfly final after posting the slowest time in the semi-final.

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