Ruta Meilutyte Cashes $40K With 100 Breast Triumph

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BARCELONA, Spain, July 30. OLYMPIC champion Ruta Meilutyte scorched the finale of the women’s 100-meter breaststroke en route to clinching a pretty massive check for her win and semifinal world-record at the FINA World Championships.

Meilutyte had a different strategy than her world record swim as she went out a bit slower with a 30.01 at the wall before coming home in 34.32 for the win in 1:04.42. That’s the second fastest time all time behind her world record effort of 1:04.35 from yesterday. With the win, and the world record, Meilutyte is now $40,000 richer as she claimed $15k for the victory and $25k for the global standard.

Russia’s Yuliya Efimova turned in an epic 34.18 final 50 to move into second with a silver-winning time of 1:05.02 after turning fourth at the wall. That’s the ninth fastest time ever, and downed Efimova’s Russian record of 1:05.24 from earlier this week.

Former world-record holder Jessica Hardy managed to snag bronze with a time of 1:05.52, while Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen placed fourth in 1:05.93 to round out the sub-1:06s.

USA’s Breeja Larson (1:06.74), Ukraine’s Viktoriya Solnceva (1:06.81), Spain’s Marina Garcia Urzainqui (1:07.08) and Sweden’s Jennie Johansson (1:07.41) also turned in championship swims in the finale.

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