Daley will bounce back from Twitter abuse to star at Games, says Plymouth pal Ruta
13:39 GMT, 4 August 2012
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Olympic swimming champion Ruta Meilutyte is sure her friend Tom Daley will bounce back from the abuse he received on Twitter.
A 17-year-old youth was arrested and issued with a harassment warning on Tuesday after the British teenage diver received an abusive message about his late father on the micro-blogging site.
Meilutyte shot to fame this week when she won the women's 100m breaststroke at the age of 15.
Olympians: Plymouth College students Tom Daley and Ruta Meilutyte (right)
Agony and ecstasy: Daley and Meilutyte have had mixed Games so far
The Lithuanian, who attends the same training facility as Daley in Plymouth, has been following the diver's progress throughout the Olympics and is sure he will be able to block out the furore when he returns to action next week in the 10-metre individual platform.
'He is strong so those tweets won't mean anything to him,' Meilutyte said.
'There are always horrible people who will comment on things they don't know about. It's just unfortunate.
'I personally only have one parent (Meilutyte's mother died in a car accident 11 years ago) so I am kind of in a similar position to him so he's a big inspiration to me.'
Daley is currently in Southend preparing for his next appearance at the Games on Friday.