Meilutyte coach wins award

Plymouth Leander head coach Jon Rudd, the man that helped Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte to Olympic gold, saw his year get even better this week after being hailed as the best in the business.

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Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte reacts after winning her women's 100m breaststroke final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre (Reuters)

Rudd was named coach of the year at the British Swimming Coaches Association Awards Dinner courtesy of a remarkable past 12 months capped by Meilutyte's performance at London 2012.

Having arrived in the UK three years ago and enrolled at Plymouth College, the 15-year-old came from nowhere to set a new European record and world leading time in the 100m breaststroke.

She beat world champion Rebecca Soni by eight hundredths of a second to win gold.

However that isn't Rudd's only success story as he helped Plymouth Leander win the Arena National League title for the fourth time in five years.

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