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WOMEN’S 50 BREAST – FINALS
2012 World Champ: 29.44 – Ruta Meilutyte – Lithuania
2010 World Champ: 29.83 – Rebecca Soni – United States
Meet Record: 28.81 – Ruta Meilutyte – Lithuania – 2014
World Record: 28.80 – Jessica Hardy – United States – 2009
Yesterday morning in the prelims of the 50 breaststroke Ruta Meilutyte just missed the world record, posting a time of 28.81 one one-hundredth of a second away from Jessica Hardy‘s 28.80. That was the goal this evening, but she went just a touch slower recording a time of 28.84.
Meilutyte didn’t just have the record on her mind. Alia Atkinson of Jamaica gave the Lithuanian teenager all she could handle finishing seven one-hundredths of a second behind Meilutyte. Atkinson’s time beats her own Jamaican record of 28.94 which she set last year.
Moniek Nijhuis of the Netherlands continued to her great year just missing her lifetime and season’s best of 29.62 recording a time of 29.64 to pick up the bronze.
Leiston Pickett of Australia finished fourth touching in a time of 29.83. She was followed by Jennie Johansson of Sweden who missed the Swedish national record by four one-hundredths of a second hitting the wall in a time of 29.99.
American Emma Reaney finished sixth in a time of 30.05 followed by Australian Sally Hunter who posted a 30.22 and Russian Valentina Artemeva who recorded a 30.37.