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Lithuanian leaders congratulate first Olympic gold medal winner

  • 2012-07-31

VILNIUS/LONDON - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Parliament Speaker Irena Degutiene and Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius congratulated swimmer Ruta Meilutyte who won gold medal in 100 m breaststroke swimming race at the London Olympic Games on Monday.

"You surprised the whole world and being only 15 years old you have already entered into the Olympic sports history. You are a great hope for Lithuania!" Grybauskaite said.

Speaker of the Seimas Degutiene pointed out that the victory of Meilutyte is not just an incredible breakthrough in sports terms, but it is especially important event for the nation that brings people together, inspires many positive emotions and proclaims the name of the homeland.

"Not only Lithuania but also in the entire world of sports was holding breath when watching () how you left behind the most titled rivals," said Head of the Parliament.

Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius said that the time was standstill for one minute and five seconds in Lithuania - 3 million people held their breath following Meilutyte's pull to the victory.

"This victory is great evidence that Lithuanian youth is full of energy and hungry for the success. I am certain that you will cheer sports fans again and again as well as inspire the youth of the country," said PM.