Ruta Meilutyte holds up her gold medal after winning the women's 100m breaststroke finals during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - A year after her breakout performance at the Olympics, Ruta Meilutyte is even faster than before.
The 16-year-old Lithuanian set a meet record in morning heats of the 100-meter breaststroke at the world championships Monday with a quicker swim than the ones that got her gold in London.
Meilutyte hit the wall in 1 minute, 4.52 seconds, Jessica Hardy of the United States was second in 1:05.18 and Yuliya Efimova of Russia touched third in 1:05.24.
At the Olympics, Meilutyte won in 1:05.47, although she swam faster in the semifinals at 1:05.21.
If she swims just 0.08 quicker in the semifinals later or in Tuesday's final, she'll break Hardy's world record of 1:04.45 set in 2009 at the height of the rubberized suit era.