Ruta romps to second gold in Brazil

3 December 2013

Plymouth Leander’s Ruta Meilutyte lifted her second individual gold of the 2013 World School Games with a competition record in the 50m Freestyle.

Having won the 50m Breaststroke title on the opening day in Brasilia, the 16-year old clocked 25.30 to touch first in the 50m Free while English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) teammate Grace Vertigans (Plymouth Leander) joined her on the podium with bronze in 25.92.

Vertigans is building a healthy medal collection from these School Games and completely her set of individual gold, silver and bronze with a second place in the 100m Butterfly.

The 17-year old, who won 50m Butterfly gold earlier in the meet, touched in 1:01.22 for her medal while Brearnna Close (City of Manchester) was fourth in 1:02.32.

Plymouth Leander’s Jack Smith also won silver on the third day in Brazil, touching second in the 50m Free final in 23.51 while both Jack Burton (Plymouth Leander) and Alicia Parsons (Plymouth Leander) won bronze medals in their 200m Breaststroke finals, touching in 2:23.47 and 2:39.13 respectively.

City of Salford’s Ben Kerry won England’s final individual medal of the day, clocking 4:02.87 for bronze in the 400m Freestyle final.

Both 4x100m Medley Relay quartets also reached the podium in Brazil with the boys claiming gold and the girls finishing in 4:10.84 for silver.

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