Lithuanians in the news
27th January, 2006
|Virgilijus Alekna named European Athlete of the Year|
Australian Lithuanians will remember Virgilijus Alekna when he won Gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He went on to win the Gold at Athens Olympics in 2004 and has continued his outstanding athletics career, going from strength to strength. He is the World Champion in Discus Throw, a title he retained last (northern) summer in Helsinki, Finland. In 2005 he was beaten only once in 20 competitions and in the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Rankings for 2005 he was placed first in Discus Throw and was ranked fourth overall.
The 33 year old 202 cm tall Alekna has served as a bodyguard of Lithuania’s President.
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