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Lithuanian discus thrower Alekna broke the oldest world record in athletics

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr16,2024

Lithuanian discus thrower Alekna broke the oldest world record in athletics

Mikolas Alekna/AP/David J. Phillip

Lithuanian athlete Mikolas Alekna threw the discus 74.35 m at the tournament in the USA and broke the oldest world record in athletics, which had been held since 1986.

Lithuanian track and field athlete Mykolas Alekna set a new discus world record. It happened at a tournament in Oklahoma (USA), reports Suspilne Sport.

During the competition, Alekna made six attempts. In the first round, the Lithuanian threw the projectile 72.21 meters, setting a personal record. In the third attempt, Alekna improved this result – 72.89 m.

In the end, Alekna's best result was the fifth attempt. The athlete threw the discus 74.35 meters and set a new world record. At first, the judges scored 74.41 m, but later the result was revised.

Discus throw: top 5 results in history

  1. Mykolas Alekna (Lithuania) – 74.35 meters (year 2024)
  2. Jürgen Schult (Germany) – 74.08 (1986)
  3. Virgilius Alekna (Lithuania) – 73.88 (2000)
  4. Gerd Kanter (Estonia) – 73.38 (2006)
  5. Gerd Kanter (Estonia) – 72.02 (2007)

21-year-old Mikolas Alekna holds the titles of vice-champion of the world and champion of Europe in 2022 . He is the son of two-time Olympic discus champion Virgilius Alekna.

Lithuanian discus thrower Alekna broke the oldest world record in athletics

Mikolas Alekna

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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