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Bearas

Lithuania National Thread

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Bearas    14

As of 5 March 2016 Lithuania already had these athletes qualified for the Rio 2016:

 

Rowing

TBA1 Women's Single Sculls
TBA2 Women's Double Sculls
TBA3 Women's Double Sculls
TBA4 Men's Single Sculls
TBA5 Men's Double Sculls
TBA6 Men's Double Sculls
TBA7 Men's Quadruple Sculls
TBA8 Men's Quadruple Sculls
TBA9 Men's Quadruple Sculls
TBA10 Men's Quadruple Sculls

Canoeing

TBA1 Men's C1-200m
TBA2 Men's K1-200m
TBA3 Men's K2-1000m
TBA4 Men's K2-1000m

Sailing

TBA1 Women's Laser Radial
Juozas Bernotas Men's RS:X Sailboard

Cycling

TBA1 Men's Road Race
TBA2 Men's Road Race
Simona Krupeckaitė Women's Track - Keirin

Basketball

TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team
TBA Men's Team

Modern Pentathlon

Laura Asadauskaitė-Zadneprovskienė Women's Individual Race

Swimming

Rūta Meilutytė Women's 100m Breastostroke
Danas Rapšys Men's 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke, 4x100m Medley
Giedrius Titenis Men's 100m Breaststorke, 200m Breaststroke
TBA1

Men's 4x100m Medley

TBA2 Men's 4x100m Medley

Athletics

Eglė Balčiūnaitė Women's 800m
Eglė Staišiūnaitė Women's 400m Hurdles
Airinė Palšytė Women's High Jump
Dovilė Dzindzaletaitė Women's Triple Jump
Zinaida Sendriūtė Women's Discus Throw
Diana Lobačevskė Women's Marathon
Rasa Drazdauskaitė Women's Marathon
TBA1 Women's Marathon
Brigita Virbalytė-Dimšienė Women's 20km Racewalking
Neringa Aidietytė Women's 20km Racewalking
Kristina Saltanovič Women's 20km Racewalking
Andrius Gudžius Men's Discus Throw
Remigijus Kančys Men's Marathon
Valdas Dopolskas Men's Marathon
Marius Žiūkas Men's 20km Racewalking
Marius Šavelskis Men's 20km Racewalking
Tadas Šuškevičius Men's 50km Racewalking

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Bearas    14

RIO 2016 UPDATE:

 

Athletics

WITHDRAW: Women's Triple Jump - Dovilė Dzindzaletaitė (pregnancy)

NEW STANDARD: Artur Miastianica in Men's 50km Race Walk

 

Cycling

NEW QUOTA: Simona Krupeckaitė in Women's Keirin and Sprint (2 Events)

 

Modern Pentathlon

Justinas Kinderis scored 38 Olympic ranking points and Ieva Serapinaitė scored 40 Olympic ranking points in 2nd Wolrd Cup. Both pentathletes are eligible to qualify for the Olympics right now.

 

Shooting

Ronaldas Račinskas (Men's Skeet) finished season with 12.17 national points against his rival Karolis Girulis (Men's Rifle) with 7.60 national points. According to the rules - national shooting federation will be applying for the quota under R.Račinskas name (for unused quotas from ISSF) although it still need to be confirmed in federation's meeting.

 

Swimming

Rūta Meilutytė recovered after broken arm and won her first championships since September with impressive world's season best (excluded Yefimova's result due doping use). R.Meilutytė confirmed that she will be entering only in 100m breaststroke event in Olympics and won't start in freestyle sprint and individual medley events.

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Bearas    14

Complete funding for the sports federations in 2016 from all sources were announced. 72 sports was funded this year (some of the sports like squash do not get funding to low doping control standards).

 

1 Basketball
2 Cycling
3 Aquatics (Swimming, Synchronized and Diving)
4 Athletics
5 Rowing
6 Canoeing
7 Modern Pentathlon
8 Wrestling
9 Sailing
10 Boxing
11 Weightlifting
12 Judo
13 Handball
14 Biathlon
15 Volleyball
16 Football
17 Gymnastics
18 Air Sports
19 Shooting sports
20 Cross-country skiing
21 Dance Sports
22 Field Hockey
23 Ice Hockey
24 Rugby
25 Table Tennis
26 Short Track Speed Skating
27 Tennis
28 Figure Skating
29 Equestrian
30 Badminton
31 Orienteering
32 Kyokushin Karate
33 Sambo
34 Water Polo
35 Automotive Sports
36 Baseball
37 Powerboating
38 Golf
39 Curling
40 Chess
41 Triathlon
42 Fencing
43 Archery
44 (Paralympic) Blind sports 
45 Gliding sports
46 Taekwondo
47 Draughts
48 Bodybuilding and FItness
49 Motorbike sports
50 Universal fight
51 Kickboxing
52 Angling
53 Kurash
54 Bobsleigh and Skeleton
55 Powerlifting
56 Corespondential Chess
57 Muay-Thai
58 Underwater sports
59 Tug of War
60 Billiard
61 Arm wrestling
62 Compositor Chess
63 Alpinism
64 Grapling
65 Paralympic sports
66 Water Skiing
67 Pool
68 Floorball
69 Ritinis
70 Kendo
71 Climbing
- -

 

Notes:

Olympic sport

Paralympic sports

 

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Bearas    14

Incomplete funding for the sports federations in 2017 only from KKSD sources were announced. 65 sports was funded this year, but number might increase after Olympic committee, Olympic centre and main KKSD fund announced their funding numbers this year.

 

Ranking so far (1/4): 

 

1 Basketball
2 Aquatics (Swimming, Synchronized and Diving)
3 Rowing
4 Air Sports
5 Athletics
6 Modern Pentathlon
7 Canoeing
8 Cycling
9 Handball
10 Gymnastics
11 Dance Sports
12 Wrestling
13 Weightlifting
14 Sailing
15 Boxing
16 Orienteering
17 Kyokushin Karate
18 Volleyball
19 Automotive Sports
20 Table Tennis
21 Powerboating
22 Shooting sports
23 Football
24 Ice Hockey
25 Biathlon
26 Rugby
27 Field Hockey
28 Judo
29 Baseball
30 Tennis
31 Draughts
32 Skiing sports
33 Chess
34 Bodybuilding and FItness
35 Motorbike sports
36 Universal fight
37 Sambo
38 Kickboxing
39 Badminton
40 Belt wrestling and pancration
41 Figure Skating
42 Angling
43 Curling
44 Fencing
45 Water Polo
46 Archery
47 Taekwondo
48 Short Track Speed Skating
49 Powerliftinig
50 Muay-Thai
51 Equestrian
52 Compositor Chess
53 Corespondential Chess
54 Arm wrestling
55 Triathlon
56 Wushu
57 Kurash
58 Pool
59 Water Skiing
60 Softball
61 Kendo
62 Bushido
63 Squash
64 Kudo
65 Golf
NF Climbing
NF Tug of War
NF Floorball
NF Grapling

NF

Underwater sports
NF Billiard
NF -Bobsleigh and Skeleton

 

Notes:

NF- No funding by high level achievement programme

Olympic sport

Paralympic sports

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Bearas    14

World Lithuanian Games

 

Teams has been confirmed for multi-sport event that will be held this year in June in Kaunas, Lithuania. 3499 athletes from 29 countries set to compete.

 

Participating countries:

  • :AUS Australia
  • :BLR Belarus
  • :CAN Canada
  • :CYP Cyprus
  • :CZE Czech Republic
  • :DEN Denmark
  • :ECU Ecuador
  • :EST Estonia
  • :FIN Finland
  • :FRA France
  • :GEO Georgia
  • :GER Germany
  • :IRL Ireland
  • :ISR Israel
  • :ITA Italy
  • :LAT Latvia
  • :LTU Lithuania
  • :NED Netherlands
  • :NOR Norway
  • :POL Poland
  • :RUS Russia
  • :ESP Spain
  • :SWE Sweden
  • :SUI Switzerland
  • :TUR Turkey
  • :UKR Ukraine
  • :GBR United Kingdom
  • :USA United States
  • :URU Uruguay

 

Sports:

  • Alpine skiing (Indoor slope in Druskininkai)
  • Angling
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Chess
  • Darts
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey (demonstration)
  • Orienteering
  • Power-lifting
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Tourism sport
  • Volleyball
Edited by Bearas

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hckosice    810

Kasparaitis back on stage

Plays first game for native country Lithuania

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45-year-old Darius Kasparaitis is back on the international stage! After four seasons in the Lithuanian league he for the first time played for the national team of his native country in an exhibition game against Estonia.

 

 

Long-time NHL defenceman Darius Kasparaitis for the first time represented his native country Lithuania on Friday in an exhibition game against Estonia.

 

The game was a first step to make his dream come true to play for his country in an IIHF competition when Lithuania will host the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B in Kaunas.

 

Kasparaitis is one of two Lithuanians who made it to the NHL. Both he and Dainius Zubrus hail from Elektrenai, a town halfway between Kaunas and the capital of Vilnius. But while Zubrus represented Lithuania in the lower divisions after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kasparaitis went another way.

 

When he was 14 he left Lithuania and followed the invitation to join Dynamo Moscow, one of the strongest teams in the Soviet Union. He played for the Soviet U18 and U20 national teams. In 1992 during the split up he stayed with the Russian system, won Olympic gold with the “Unified Team” formed by Russia and other former Soviet republics except the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during the 1992 Winter and Summer Olympics. The same year he represented Russia in the World Championship as he did in 1996, at three more Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2006) and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

 

Now Kasparaitis is past his prime. He left the NHL in 2007 and played two more seasons for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL before retiring as a professional player. But after four years without official hockey games he came back. In 2013 he made his formal transfer back to Lithuania and joined the Hockey Punks Vilnius. He has played four consecutive seasons in the top Lithuanian league and wants to apply for a change of nationality in IIHF competitions to represent his country in Kaunas when Lithuania will host Ukraine, Japan, Estonia, Croatia and Romania in April.

 

Playing at the Baltic Challenge Cup in the port town of Klaipeda this week is his first experience in the red-and-white jersey with the Lithuanian knight. And he had a good start with the probably strongest Lithuanian presence ever. Kasparaitis was first time on the ice as was goaltender Mantas Armalis, who became the third Lithuanian to be signed by an NHL team but played in the AHL last season, and Nerijus Alisauskas, the second Lithuanian after Kasparaitis to play in the KHL. (Armalis has in the meantime joined him at Dinamo Riga.) And then there was Dainius Zubrus, who recently retired from his long NHL career – not on the ice but at least on the tribune of the Svyturis Arena. But of course hockey fans in the Baltic country hope to see him on the ice again for a third World Championship Division I tournament after 2005 and 2014.

 

In the 7-2 win against Estonia, 45-year-old defenceman Kasparaitis helped set up two early goals scored by his 18-year-old linemate Markas Kaleinikovas to give Lithuania a 2-0 lead against their Baltic rivals. 17 seconds into the third period the new Lithuanian captain with the number 11 also had a marker on his own to give Lithuania a 6-0 lead. That made him arguably the oldest “national team rookie” to score in his first game for his team.

 

“I’m not here to score goals, I’m here to play defence,” he said about the goal and was happy about his debut in his native country. “I feel great. I haven’t played for a long time. First of all the team won. It is good for me to see where I am at and that I can still compete at this level and that if I’m at good health and have passion for the game I can still do it.”

 

The Baltic Challenge Cup will be played at three venues. The stage in Klaipeda beside Lithuania and Estonia includes a selection of the Latvian league and the Ukrainian national team.

 

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