Though results and information are sparse from day 1 of the 2013 Gymnasiade in Brasilia, Brazil, we have been able to track down the first result from the most significant swimmer in attendance: World and Olympic Champion, and World Record holder, Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania. She traveled to the meet will several of her training partners from Britain’s Plymouth Leander club, most of whom are representing Europe.
At the multi-sport event, hosted by the International Sports Federation, swimmers will compete from Friday through Tuesday, with a break on Sunday for the “cultural day.” It pits the best school athletes, aged 13 to 17, and is held every four years. This year’s event is the 15th edition, with the first being held in 1974.
On day 1 of the meet, the 16-year old Meilutyte won the women’s 50 breast, over long course meters, in 30.85. That’s a ways from her World Record in the event, but is still an impressive time for this point of the season, especially at a meet where the focus is on the cultural experience as much as the competition.
Meilutyte also has the 100 breast, the 200 breast, and the 50 freestyle on her schedule for this meet.