Darius Draudvila

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Darius Draudvila
Darius Draudvila at TNT - Fortuna Meeting in Kladno 15June2010 108.jpg
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  Lithuania
Lithuanian Athletics Championships
Gold 2010 Kaunas Pole Vault

Darius Draudvila (born 29 March 1983) is a Lithuanian decathlon and heptathlon track and field athlete, who internationally competes for Lithuania, but lives in the USA. During studies in USA, Darius represented Kanas State track & field team and his personal best in decathlon take 4th place in Kansas State team's history.[1] In 2008 Draudvila set a national heptathlon record.

His personal best is 8032 points, which he achieved in 2010 at the European Championships in Barcelona.[2] He also received a nomination for the 2010 World Fair Play Awards as a result of his conduct at the event – he gave his spare pole to Andrei Krauchanka in the vault contest when the Belarusian athlete's equipment had snapped. This enabled Krauchanka to continue in the decathlon, where he went on to take the bronze, while Draudvila ended the competition in sixth place.[3]

Draudvila competed in the International Decathlon at Hexham (GBR) in 2008 and 2010. In 2008 he did not finish the 1500m and the meeting was won by Dean Macey (GBR) in his last decathlon before retiring. In 2010, Draudvila was in great shape and managed to set a meeting record in the 110m hurdles (14.11sec) with a + 5.7m tail wind. He also won the decathlon with 7643 points 199 points below the meeting record set by Macey back in 2004.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 6th Decathlon 7245 pts
2006 European Championships Göteborg, Sweden DNF Decathlon DNF
2010 Lithuanian Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st Pole vault 4.20 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 6th Decathlon 8032 pts
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 14th Heptathlon 5073 pts
2012 Summer Olympics London, England 25th Decathlon 7557 pts

References[edit]

  1. ^ Darius represent Kansas State team
  2. ^ Darius Draudvila profile at IAAF
  3. ^ Lithuania’s Draudvila is a World Fair Play Awards nominee. European Athletics (2011-01-08). Retrieved on 2011-01-10.