Being Olympic Champion and World Record holder hasn’t scared Lithuanian 16-year old away from competing against her peers by year of birth. Meilutyte, to the delight of many, made an appearance at the European Junior Championships prior to Worlds; then in Barcelona she took gold in the 100 breaststroke and silver in the 50 and broke World Records at both; and now she’ll swim at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai, UAE, according to the UAE’s ”The National” news.
This meet pits the fastest junior swimmers in the world against each other, and while many of the world’s top eligible swimmers have sat out (like Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel of the United States), there is no rule against prohibiting their entrance.
The presence of swimmers like Meilutyte will help improve the legitimacy of the meet, as it is not referred to as the “Junior World Championships for Swimmers Who Aren’t Good Enough to Swim At the Senior World Championships,” rather it is referred to as the “World Junior Championships”.
The meet will run from August 26th-31st.