Ruta Meilutyte Misses 50 Breast World Record by Slimmest of Margins at Worlds

Ruta Meilutyte Doha 2014

DOHA – Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte missed setting the world record in the women’s 50-meter breast by the slimmest of margins at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

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  • Men’s 200 free finals
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Women’s 50 breast

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte missed setting the world record in the women’s 50-meter breast by the slimmest of margins at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Meilutyte smashed her meet record of 29.44 from 2012 with a 28.81 for the top time in semis.  That swim just missed Jessica Hardy’s world record of 28.80, and certainly put it on notice for finals tomorrow.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson also could be in the running for the world record after popping a 28.99 for the second seed.  That’s just off her top time of 28.94 from last year’s FINA World Cup, and could put her in striking distance of Hardy’s global mark.

The Netherlands’ Moniek Nijhuis hit the wall in 29.69 for third, while Australia’s Leiston Pickett took fourth in 29.79. as the only other 29-second performer.

Sweden’s Jennie Johansson (30.08), Australia’s Sally Hunter (30.08), Russia’s Valentina Artemyeva (30.31) and USA’s Emma Reaney (30.32) also made the finale.