Meilutyte grabs second gold of Youth Games

Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:47pm EDT
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NANJING China (Reuters) - London Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte finished more than two seconds ahead of her nearest rival in the women's 100 meters breaststroke final on Wednesday to claim her second gold medal of the Youth Olympic Games.

Meilutyte will now leave Nanjing and travel to Berlin for the European Championships, where she will compete in the 50m breaststroke.

The Lithuanian, who won in a time of 1:05.39, was not the only Olympic champion at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center on Wednesday.

South African Chad le Clos, who won gold in the 200m butterfly in London, watched the action in his role as Youth Olympic Games ambassador and had some words of advice for the young swimmers.

"I was told as a kid that I wasn't a good butterfly swimmer, and that I was never going to make it as a pro," he was quoted as saying by the Games official website. "I never listened to those people."

Le Clos won a gold, three silver and a bronze medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore in 2010.

"If it wasn't for competing in the 2010 Singapore YOG, I wouldn't have achieved my success at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the World Championship in 2011 and at London 2012 – no doubt about it," he added.

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Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania poses with her gold medal after winning the women's 100m Medley final during the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championship in Herning, December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Henning Bagger/Scanpix Denmark