WR Holder Ruta Meilutyte, Still Battling Injury, Delays Comeback

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Lithuanian star Ruta Meilutyte has pulled out of the 2016 Euro Meet while still battling the elbow injury that kept her from racing most of the last part of the 2016 year.

Meilutyte, who trains at Plymouth Leander in the UK, has been back in training for a while, and planned to make the 2016 Euro Meet her first meet since the 2015 World Championships where she was a bronze medalist in the 100 breaststroke. The World Record holder, however, is still struggling with the start, according to the moderator of the pre-meet press conference in Luxembourg.

Her coach Jon Rodd says that her training is progressing well but that they won’t get the all clear on diving until a final scan of the afflicted elbow is done next week. He also said that the Edinburgh International Meet in March is the pair’s new likely target for a return to competition.

Meilutyte’s starts are among the best in the world and where she gains a significant advantage over her competitors in races, so they are a vital part of her ability to contend for Olympic gold again this summer.

Meilutyte was involved in a bicycle incident in September of last year that required her to have surgery. During her recovery in the water, she’s earned a new training partner in Dutch National Record holder Moniek Nijhuis.

At still only 18 years old, she is the 2012 Olympic Champion and 2013 World Champion in the 100 breaststroke and is the World Record holder in the 50 and 100 meter breaststrokes in long course and the co-World Record holder in the 100 breaststroke in short course.

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6 years ago

Rute is 18 turning 19 before Rio , otherwise she would have been Olympic champ at 14. (only achieved by Comaneci ).

Reply to  Gina
6 years ago

Actually that’s not true. Kyoko Iwasaki won gold at 14 in the 200 breast back in 1992.

Reply to  Lbswim
6 years ago

Egerszegi in 1988?

bobo gigi
6 years ago

It doesn’t sound very well.
Women’s 100 breast olympic gold looks much more open than it was 2 years ago.

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