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Ruta is 100m breaststroke World Champion

Ruta Meilutyte after winning tonight's race. Credit: Liewig Christian/ABACA/Press Association Images

A Plymouth based teenager has tonight become a World Champion. Ruta Meilutyte - who is Lithuanian - won the Women's 100 metres breaststroke final in Barcelona.

The 16-year-old won gold with a time of 1:04.42 - just 7/10ths of a second outside the world record she set in last night's semi-final.

The Plymouth College student trains at the Life Centre, and has been based in the city since she was 13.


Second World Championship medal for Plymouth swimmer

Plymouth-based swimmer Ruta Meilutyte Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Teenage swimming sensation Ruta Meilutyte has won a second medal at the World Short Course Championships in Turkey. The 15 year-old Plymouth College student gained a silver in the women's 100m individual medley to add to her gold for the 50m breaststroke.

The Lithuanian shot to fame in the summer when she won Olympic gold in the 100m breaststroke.