News2019.07.26 14:00

Champion swimmer Meilutytė handed 2-year suspension for missing doping tests 2019.07.26 14:00

The International Swimming Federation, FINA, has handed a two-year suspension for the Lithuanian champion swimmer Rūta Meilutytė for missing three doping tests.

FINA, which made the decision on July 21, said Meilutytė violated Article 2.4 of the World Anti-Doping Code, which gives grounds to suspend an athlete for missing three tests within a twelve-month period, according to Lithuanian Swimming Federation.

Meilutytė was not available for testing in April and August 2018, and March 2019.

Meilutytė, 22, announced earlier this year she was quitting swimming, saying she wanted to focus on university studies instead.

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Meilutytė's breakthrough moment came in the 2012 London Olympics when she won gold in 100 metre breaststroke at the age of 15.

After that she won world and European titles, becoming world champion in 2013 and breaking a world 100 metre breaststroke record.

Over her career, Meilutytė has won 20 gold, 10 silver and one bronze medals. She still holds the world record in 10 metre breaststroke (short course) and European record in 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke (both short and long course).

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