July 30, 2013 / 6:11 PM / in 4 years

Meilutyte adds breaststroke gold to world record

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte won the 100 meters breaststroke gold at the world championships in Barcelona on Tuesday with a time just outside the world record she set in Monday’s qualifying.

The 16-year-old Olympic champion touched in a time of one minute 04.42 seconds, seven hundredths slower than Monday’s blistering effort of 1:04.35.

Yuliya Efimova of Russia took silver in 1:05.02, matching her result from the 2009 championships in Rome, and American Jessica Hardy, who held the world record before Meilutyte, bronze in 1:05.52.

Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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