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TV3 - Lithuania | 31/07/2012

Swimmer's gold no thanks to Lithuania

The 15-year-old Rūta Meilutytė made sporting history on Monday in London when she won the first gold medal for Lithuania in the 100 meter breaststroke. But it's not her homeland who is to thank for the victory, emphasises the portal Balsas: "Rūta Meilutytė lives and trains in Plymouth in the west of England. An emigrant who is proud to represent Lithuania. In the moment of her victory we must concede that emigrants are not only supporting Lithuania financially but also represent its dignity and honour on the international stage ... Now countless Lithuanian politicians will be rushing to be photographed with the young athletic champion, to shake her hand and show off as if they had won the medal themselves - but these are the very same politicians who were in power when Rūta Meilutytė had to leave her country. ... It is not thanks to them that Rūta Meilutytė won an Olympic gold for Lithuania. And by the way, the Olympic Games are not taking place just anywhere, but in East London, the part of the British capital where the majority of Lithuanians live."

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