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The best „SALTINIS“ athlete of 2018 – ARNOLDAS JANUŠKEVIČIUS

For the first time „SALTINIS“member, a marathon runner Arnoldas Januskevicius was voted by the club‘s members as the best club‘s athlete of the year.

In 2018 he succesfully completed a marathon race in Frankfurt and is the one of the four „SALTINIS“ athletes who has ever run the full marathon.

He was inspired to compete as a marathon runner by Linas Balsys, winner of bronze medals in marathon race at Athens paralympic games, and by another track-and-field athlete, his running companion Ausra Garunksnyte.

Now both of these marathon runners – A.Januskevicius and A.Garunksnyte – are seeking to qualify for Tokyo Paralympic games.

Another „SALTINIS“ stars among the TOP 5 athletes of 2018 are: two goalball players, winners of the 4th place at the IBSA Goalball World Championships -Nerijus Montvydas and Justas Pazarauskas; a marathon runner A.Garunksnyte, who was announced the best athlete of 2017, and Gluosne Norkute – a swimmer and track-and-field athlete, former member of Lithuanian national teams, a record holder, continuesly performing at a high level in both sports.

The TOP 5 athletes will be awarded on 6th of July 2019, during the traditional „SALTINIS“ Summer Sports Festival.

Brigita Narmontaite, a record holder and former member of national youth swimming team, has become the best oracle:  she was the only one who named 4 out of 5 selected TOP 5 club‘s athletes.

Photos from personal archive of Arnoldas Januskevicius