Meilutyte's life not the same after Olympic win

Ruta Meilutyte's young life has been turned upside down since her career-changing Olympic gold medal triumph and has become recognisable in the athletes village in London.

The Lithuanian became the youngest winner of the Olympic event at 15 years and 133 days when she won the 100m breaststroke final over American world champion Rebecca Soni on Monday.

Meilutyte has been in great demand since becoming Lithuania's first Olympic swimming champion.

"It's good, but I have done so many interviews, it's crazy," she said.

"I don't know how to describe what has happened to me in the last few days, I have been amazed by the support, especially from the people back home."

Meilutyte, who goes to school in England and trains at the same Plymouth facility as British poster-boy diver Tom Daley, has been claimed as an 'adopted Brit.'

"People in Plymouth and throughout Britain have been so supportive of me, I want to thank them all. I still can't really fall asleep at night.

"I have trained in Plymouth for the last two years, so the Brits seem to have adopted me.

"I don't get to go home that often, about twice a year, but I haven't been home in a long time due to Olympic preparations."

Meilutyte, who was shocked by her victory and was barely able to talk on the night of her triumph, is amazed that she is now acknowledged by leading swimmers as she comes into contact with them in the athletes' village.

"The Japanese breaststroker (four-time Olympic champion) Kosuke Kitajima said hello to me the other day and that made me really happy."

--

Get stories like this on the Yahoo app and discover more every day.
Download it now.
Loading...

Latest News