FIFTEEN-year-old Ruta Meilutyte won the 100-meter breaststroke Olympics gold medal at the London Games on Monday in an event that was marred by a technical problem.
The Lithuanian teenager clocked one minute and 05.47 seconds to take the top spot, beating 25-year-old world champion Rebecca Soni of the US, who submitted a time of 1:05.55, and Japan's Satomi Suzuki, who finished in 1:06.46.
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson finished fourth followed by Beijing Games champion Leisel Jones of Australia.
The starter’s gun went off prematurely and Breeja Larson responded and got off the blocks. That meant no disqualification for Larson and the race was later restarted. The 20-year-old American swimmer finished sixth.
American teenage star Missy Franklin also won gold, topping the 100-m backstroke event.
17 -year-old Missy Franklin clocked 58.33 seconds, edged Australia's Emily Seebohm, who timed 58.68 and Japan's Aya Terakawa, who won bronze in 58.83.
It was Franklin’s second medal of the Games after a bronze in the 4x100-m freestyle relay.
Meanwhile, Ryan Lochte of the US fell short of a medal spot in the 200-meter freestyle. Yannick Agnel of France won in 1:43.14 followed by Taehwan Park of South Korea and China's Sun Yang, who finished in a dead heat for second place in 1:44.93.
Lochte, winner of the 400-meter individual medley, clocked 1:45.04 for fourth spot.