Ruta Meilutyte Smashes Meet Record in 100 Breast Semis at Worlds

DOHA – Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte scared her world record with a meet mark in the 100 breast semifinals at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

Meilutyte scorched semis with a top time of 1:02.43 in semifinal one.  That was good enough to clear her meet record of 1:03.52 from 2012, and overtook Alia Atkinson’s 1:02.54 from the Singapore stop of the FINA World Cup as the top swim in the world this year.

Atkinson kept some fuel in the tank with an easy-speed 1:03.59 for the second seed into finals, while The Netherlands’ Moniek Nijhuis picked up third in 1:03.96 as the only other sub-1:04 of the night.

Australia’s Sally Hunter (1:04.23), China’s Shi Jinglin (1:04.54), Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen (1:04.71), Belgium’s Fanny Lecluyse (1:04.87) and Sweden’s Jennie Johansson (1:05.04) will also move on to the finale.

Name 50 100
Meilutyte 29.38 1:02.43
Atkinson 29.91 1:03.59
Nijhuis 30.18 1:03.96

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  • Women’s 200 medley relay finals
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  • Women’s 100 free finals
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  • Women’s 200 back finals
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  • Men’s 400 free finals
  • Women’s 100 breast semis
  • Women’s 100 IM finals
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