World Juniors Set For Masterclass From Meilutyte

Head start - Ruta Meilutyte, of Lithuania [photo: Patrick B. Kraemer]

The opening session of the FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai was graced with swimming nobility in the shape of Olympic and world champion Ruta Meilutyte this morning. Over the coming six days in Dubai, Meilutyte will represent a meet within a meet: yes, she’s faster than her peers but among things that set her apart from the majority of rivals is a journey free of the frame of national programmes, trials, selection and funding models

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The opening session of the FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai was graced with swimming nobility in the shape of Olympic and world champion Ruta Meilutyte this morning. Over the coming six days in Dubai, Meilutyte will represent a meet within a meet: yes, she’s faster than her peers but among things that set her apart from the majority of rivals is a journey free of the frame of national programmes, trials, selection and funding models

Comments

DanishSwimFan

Very interesting article, thanks!

I find it such a shame that some have been questioning Ruta’s right to race in Dubai. She’s eligible, she’s earned it, simple as that. And for every rival who might be disappointed at the threat to their own chances, how many more will be inspired by swimming against a world and Olympic champion and world record holder?

Craig Lord

Yes… there should be no question about her participation if she chooses to be there. Indeed, if she wasn’t there, we’d all have to write… X won because Y wasn’t there – and no-one likes to do that if it can be avoided…

Irma

You’re amazing, Ruta!!! It says it all 😉

Curial

Awesome! Ruta too strong ;D

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