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Virgilijus Alekna

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameVirgilijus•Alekna
Used nameVirgilijus•Alekna
Born13 February 1972 in Terpeikiai (LTU)
Measurements200 cm / 130 kg
AffiliationsMetikas, Vilnius (LTU)
NOC Lithuania

Biography

Following in the footsteps of Romas Ubartas, Alekna became Lithuania’s second Olympic champion, also in the discus throw. Ubartas, also present in Sydney, saw Alekna defeat titleholder and then quadruple World Champion Lars Riedel. Alekna’s second title was less glamorous. He initially was awarded a silver medal, but was moved up one position when the winner, Hungary’s Róbert Fazekas, refused to provide a urine sample and was disqualified. In addition to his two Olympic titles, Alekna has won the 2003 and 2005 World Championships, as well as the 2006 European title. Outside of sports, Alekna works as the body guard of Lithuania’s prime minister.

Personal Best: DT – 73.88 (2000).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1996 Summer Olympics Athletics LTU Virgilijus Alekna
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 5
2000 Summer Olympics Athletics LTU Virgilijus Alekna
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
2004 Summer Olympics Athletics LTU Virgilijus Alekna
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
2008 Summer Olympics Athletics LTU Virgilijus Alekna
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
2012 Summer Olympics Athletics LTU Virgilijus Alekna
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 4

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2004 Summer Olympics 23 August 2004 Athletics Discus Throw, Men Final Round, Round One 69.89 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2012 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony LTU Virgilijus Alekna

Olympic family relations

Special Notes