Name Virgilijus Alekna
Role Olympic athlete
|Event(s) Discus throw|
Height 2.02 m
Personal best(s) 73.88 m (2000)
Weight 130 kg
|Born 13 February 1972 (age 43) (1972-02-13) Terpeikiai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union|
Spouse Kristina Sablovskyte (m. 2000)
Children Martynas Alekna, Mykolas Alekna
Olympic medals Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw
Similar People Gerd Kanter, Aleksander Tammert, Piotr Malachowski, Lars Riedel, Robert Harting
Tribute to virgilijus alekna 1994 2014
Virgilijus Alekna ([vʲɪrʲˈɡʲɪlʲɪjʊs ɐlʲɛkˈnɐ]; 13 February 1972) is a Lithuanian former discus thrower and politician. He won medals at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, including two golds. After retiring from athletics, Alekna was elected to the national parliament, the Seimas, in 2016.
- Tribute to virgilijus alekna 1994 2014
- Virgilijus alekna ltu halle 2014
- Athletics career
- Political career
Virgilijus alekna ltu halle 2014
Alekna has won two gold medals in the Summer Olympics in the discus throw, the first was in 2000 and the second in 2004. He also won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. In 2007, he was appointed as UNESCO Champion for Sport. His personal record is 73.88 meters (242 ft 4½ in), surpassed only by the world record (74.08 m.).
Alekna was awarded the title of the Athlete of the Year for 2000 by Track and Field News. He was also awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas by the government of Lithuania. He became the Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year 4 times (2000, 2004, 2005, and 2006). Since 1995 Alekna has served as a bodyguard of the Lithuanian Prime Minister.
He is married to former long jumper Kristina Sablovskytė-Aleknienė and has two young sons named Martynas and Mykolas.
At a height of 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in), Alekna has an unusually long armspan, measured 2.22m (7 ft 3.5 in), which is helpful in discus throwing. He can make fingerprints on windows of two opposite sides of a bus simultaneously.
During the 2007 World Championship Virgilijus Alekna competed with an injury. Having sustained the injury on 20 August, he competed in the World Championship's qualification on 28 August and, as a result, suffered a defeat, which broke his 37 victories in a row over the past two years.
In May 2016, Alekna announced he would participate in the elections to the Seimas the following October on the electoral list of the opposition Liberal Movement, without joining the party. He lost the run-off in Naujamiestis single-member constituency, but was elected to the Twelfth Seimas through the electoral list of the party, where he was rated second.