Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte broke the 100m breaststroke world record in the World Championship semi-finals.
The Plymouth-based 16-year-old clocked one minute 04.30 seconds in Barcelona, 0.15 secs faster than the previous best time set by Jessica Hardy in 2009.
Earlier, Meilutyte had recorded 1:04.52 in qualifying, the second-fastest time in history and a new European record.
London 2012 Olympic Champion a little help from the UK)Meilutyte will seek to win Lithuania’s first ever World Championships gold medal in Tuesday’s final.
Coach Jon Rudd: Meilutyte can be all-time great
“I’ll be have a relaxing day tomorrow and will save all my energy for the final,” she said.
“My biggest aim is accomplished now and I’ll give it my best shot in the final. Obviously, a gold medal would be a cherry on top of the ice cream.”
Her coach Jon Rudd said: “It feels a bit surreal, but now I remember the…
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