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SPORTS
31 Jul 2013
WORLD SWIMMING: RUTA MEILUTYTE & KATIE LEDECKY WIN WORLD TITLES

The 16-year-old, who is based in Plymouth, clocked one minute 4.42 seconds, just outside the world record she set in the semi-finals on Monday.
"Being a part of history is absolutely amazing," said Meilutyte.
United States teenager Katie Ledecky knocked six seconds off the 1500m world record to finish in 15.36.53, ahead of Denmark's Lotte Friis.
Meilutyte, who has attained superstar status back in her homeland since winning Olympic gold last summer, was cheered on by a number of Lithuanian fans in the stands.

"One of my biggest reasons I do this is to bring more people to swimming," she said.
"There are one or two more people in the crowd now and I'm really proud to be Lithuanian and have fans here."
Ledecky was locked in a battle with Friis, Rebecca Adlington's old rival, throughout their 1500m final and only pulled clear in the final 150m, with New Zealand's Lauren Boyle finishing third.
After winning 400m gold on Sunday, Ledecky will now target an historic treble in the 800m freestyle on Saturday.
"It was really tough, my hardest race ever," admitted the American, who bettered compatriot Kate Ziegler's previous record time.
"I knew that we were going pretty fast and I just figured that whoever was going to come out on top would probably get the world record.

"I just had to be careful not to push it too early or leave it too late, and I touched the wall first which means the world to me."
Great Britain's Robbie Renwick was sixth in the 200m freestyle in a time of 1:46.52, 12 months to the day after the Scot finished in the same position at the London Olympics.
The race was won by Frenchman Yannick Agnel, with American Conor Dwyer and Danila Izotov of Russia filling the other podium positions.
"It was a good swim for me apart from coming sixth, which is a disappointment because it's all about medals," said Renwick.
"I would have loved to have stepped it up [from last year] but I was a bit short and there are a few things I know I can work on before the Commonwealths."
Team-mate Roberto Pavoni missed out on the 200m butterfly final after finishing with the slowest time in the semi-finals, but will return for his favoured 200m and 400m individual medley events later in the week.
"I'm pretty disappointed to be honest," admitted the Loughborough-based swimmer. I really wanted to go quicker tonight and prove to everyone I'm a top-class butterfly swimmer, but I didn't."
In the night's other finals, US Olympic champion Missy Franklin won her first individual title in Barcelona with victory in the 100m backstroke, adding to the 4x100m freestyle gold she won on Sunday.
Australia's Emily Seebohm took silver ahead of Aya Terakawa of Japan.
Fellow London 2012 victor Matt Grevers of the US won the men's event, with team-mate David Plummer second and defending champion Jeremy Stravius of France third.


source: www.bbc.co.uk

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