Alekna

At the Oklahoma Throws Series World Invitational event in Ramona, Lithuanian discus thrower Mykolas Alekna smashed a world record that had been unbeatable for forty years. With a throw of 74.35 meters, Alekna surpassed German discus thrower Jurgen Schult’s 1986 mark of 74.08 meters. According to Olympics.com, Schult’s historic performance established the longest record in the athletics field to date. 

The Lithuanian declared: “It’s hard to understand what I just did… I saw the throws and I knew that it could be the day, and it just happened.”

Alekna arrived in Ramona with the season’s longest throw. His previous best of 71.39 meters was achieved on April 6  and it propelled him to 10th place worldwide. He maintained that momentum and  \made six shots that were all over the 70-meter barrier in his recent event. 

Alekna new world record

Due to his exceptional performance, young Alekna, who was born on September 28, 2002, is already regarded as one of the best athletes in his field. At the age of 20, he became the youngest athlete to throw over 70 meters after relocating to the US in 2021 to train.

Moreover, he won the European title in 2022 and silver medals at the World Championships twice.

Alekna’s father, Virgilijus, apparently is an Olympic record holder in the same sport. He threw 69.89m in Athens in 2004 and is a two-time world and Olympic champion.

Mykolas Alekna’s record throw shows Lithuania’s rich history in this track and field competition. It is truly a nation that has had great success throwing the discus.

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Source: CNN

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