Meilutyte gets ready for Stockholm return
CITY superstar Ruta Meilutyte is set to try her luck at swimming's World Cup – but possibly not in the race that made her famous.
Fifteen-year-old Meilutyte (left) – against all the odds – became Plymouth's darling during the Olympics when she won the 100m breaststroke gold medal completely out of the blue.
The teenager, who represents her home country of Lithuania, broke the European record for the event during the semi-finals.
Rudd had publicly said he hoped Meilutyte would make the 100m final to give her vital experience in future events.
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Now the Lithuanian is aiming to break the 100m breaststroke world record – although Rudd said he did not think she would do it in Stockholm next month.
Meilutyte will be up against some of the world's best swimmers in Stockholm, which is hosting the World Cup round on October 13 and 14.
The Leander representatives at the Olympics Games, Meilutyte, Zambia's Jade Howard, Uganda's Jamila Lunkuse and Plymothian Antony James, are just starting serious training again after their London exploits.
Rudd said: "Ruta won't be going for the world record in Stockholm – she's not in the physical condition to do that at the moment.
"In fact, she may not even be doing the breaststroke – we don't know yet. We've done the trip before and we were very comfortable during the two days we were there.
"It may be she will be doing medley or freestyle instead of breaststroke just to give her the feel for it.
"Anyway, we've entered for all of them and we'll wait and see how things progress when we get there."
Leander stars like James, Ben Proud, Joe Patching and Grace Vertigans would not be going to the World Cup round, said Rudd.
Instead, the Leander contingent will be concentrating on their prospects of Great Britain selection for either the World Short Course Championships, or the European Short Course Championships next month.
None of the city swimmers will have to qualify for the two competitions.
Rudd will submit the names of the swimmers who thinks can do well for Britain and wait for the selectors' response.
The Leander head coach said: "We ask them to consider our swimmers and wait for their decision."