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Teen swimming sensation Ruta Meilutyte is hitting the books this season in a bid to nail her GCSE exams.
Meilutyte won four golds and two silver medals at the World Junior Championships, and a gold and silver and two world records at the senior World Championships. […]
But her head coach, Jon Rudd, who is director of swimming at Plymouth College, said the talented swimmer had to focus on her exams this year.
Rudd, also head coach of Plymouth Leander swimming club, made it clear that Meilutyte will also be working towards her ultimate goal – the defence of her gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
However, Rudd said: “It is a relatively quiet year for us, though obviously there are big tournaments going on.
“Ruta and (Great Britain swimmer) Ben Proud have their first big event next month when they go to Moscow for the FINA World Cup for two days.
“In November, we have eight athletes from Leander – a third of the team – going to Brazil for the World School Games.
“Ruta is one of them, as she qualifies for the team as she swims for an English school.
“For her, though, it’s a fairly quiet year. Her primary focus this season is her GCSEs – she needs to get those right to continue in the sixth form to get her A-levels.