July 29, 2013 / 5:01 PM / in 4 years

Meilutyte breaks 100 meters breaststroke world record

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Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania competes in the women's 100m breaststroke heats during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 29, 2013.Albert Gea

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lithuania's teenage Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte set a world record of one minute 04.35 seconds in the semi-finals of the women's 100 meters breaststroke at the world swimming championships on Monday.

The 16-year-old, who won gold at the London Olympics last year, broke the previous mark of 1:04.45 set by American Jessica Hardy in 2009.

Reporting by Iain Rogers; Editing by John Mehaffey

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