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Virgilijus Alekna ends his career

One of the greatest ever announced his retirement before the Diamond League meet in Brussels yesterday. Virgilijus Alekna has decided to stop throwing, he will be missed.

I first remember Alekna when he was very young or around 20 years old or so and I met him twice in the European Cup in 1993 and 1994 and right then I could see the potential. In 1995 he had a breakthrough year and just exploded towards the world class level.

During his career he did this:

  • Gold 2000 Sydney
  • Gold 2004 Athens
  • Bronze 2008 Beijing


  • Silver 1997 Athens
  • Silver 2001 Edmonton
  • Gold 2003 Paris
  • Gold 2005 Helsinki


  • Bronze 1998 Budapest
  • Silver 2002 Munich
  • Gold 2006 Gothenburg


56 competitions over 69m
100 competitions over 68m
144 competitions over 67m
224 competitions over 65m

    • His 100th best competition average is 69.28m, 10 best result averages is 71.30m
    • Virgilijus Alekna has competed in 19 consecutive major championships (5x OG, 9xWC and 5xEC) in 1994-2012, he has won 10 medals.
    • He won IAAF World Athletics final 4 times.
    • Alekna is oldest thrower, who has thrown over 70m (70.28m in 2012, 40 years old)
    • He has most competitions over 70m - 20 competitions
    • Men's Track & Field News Athlete of the Year 2000
    • Men's European Athlete of the Year 2005
    • Best Lithuanian sportsman of the Year 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006
    • Flag bearer for Lithuania London OG 2012


THANKS for the memories Virgilijus Alekna and good luck to you in the future.



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Our athletes in 2019

1 Daniel Stahl 71.86m
2 Simon Pettersson 66.39m
3 Martin Kupper 65.30m
4 Nick Percy 62.09m
5 Niklas Arrhenius 62.02m
6 J Gardenkrans 59.50m
7 Mesud Pezer 57.31m
8 Marcus Thomsen 48.55m
1 Fanny Roos 56.89m
1 Mesud Pezer 21.48m
2 Kristo Galeta 20.76m
3 Marcus Thomsen 20.59m
4 Niklas Arrhenius 18.73m
1 Fanny Roos 19.06m
1 Nick Percy 20.52m