Lithuania’s Alkene Creates New World Record in Discus Throw

  • Lithuanian discus thrower Mykolas Alekna broke a four-decade world record at the Oklahoma Throws Series World Invitational meeting. 
  • Alekna’s throw of 74.35 meters surpassed Jurgen Schult’s 1986 record of 74.08m. 
  • Alekna’s throw was initially measured at 74.41m but was revised pending ratification. 
  • Alekna’s record throw is part of Lithuania’s long-standing discus tradition, dating back to 1921. 
  • Alekna’s father, Virgilijus, is an Olympic record holder in the same discipline. 
  • Lithuania’s discus throwing history began in 1921, with Romas Ubartas becoming the European champion in 1986. 
  • Post-Soviet Union, all discus throw finals at the Olympics have featured at least one Lithuanian. 
  • Lithuanian discus throwers have won five Olympic, eight World, and six European championship medals, nine of which were gold.
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