Diana Lobačevskė

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Diana Lobačevskė
Womens marathon 2012 Olympics.jpg
Personal information
Born (1980-08-07) August 7, 1980 (age 33)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Sport
Country  Lithuania
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon

Diana Lobačevskė (born Diana Maciusonytė on 7 August 1980 in Vilnius)[1] is a Lithuanian long-distance runner who specialises in marathon and half marathon races.

Her marathon personal record is 2:28:03. She represented her country in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. She won the Hamburg Marathon in 2013.

Career[edit]

Lobačevskė started out as a track runner and in 1998 she represented her country in the 3000 metres at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[2] The following year she placed sixth in the 5000 metres at the 1999 European Athletics Junior Championships held in Riga.[3] In her final international outing in the younger age categories, she finished 13th in the 10,000 metres at the 2001 European Athletics U23 Championships.

She stopped competing in athletics at the top level after 2001 and attended Vilnius Pedagogical University.[1] She returned to competition in 2005, in road races for Beaumont Running Club in Leicester, and in 2008 moved up to the marathon distance and she won both the Vilnius Marathon and Leicester City Marathon that year.[4][5] She was the fastest woman not entered as an elite athlete at the 2009 London Marathon, setting a personal best of 2:38:26 hours for the distance.[6] That year she also took the Vilnius Half Marathon title (with a new best of 74:09 minutes) and improved her time to 2:35:06 at the Venice Marathon, placing ninth. In 2011 she repeated her Vilnius win and dipped under two and half hours at the Italian Marathon, coming runner-up to Hellen Wanjiku Mugo with a run of 2:28:03 hours.[7]

Lobačevskė returned to the national team in 2011. After a relatively slow 2:40:17 finish at the Vienna Marathon, she came 20th at the European Cup 10000m and set a new best of 33:35.23 minutes for the 10,000 metres event. In Latvia she won the Kuldīga Half Marathon that year. She represented Lithuania at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, finishing in 25th place in the marathon. Her fastest marathon of the year came at the Beirut Marathon, where she was fourth with 2:34:16 hours.[8]

She raced again at the European Cup 10000m and clocked an improvement of 33:22.47 minutes. She was selected for the Lithuanian Olympic team for the 2012 London Olympics and had the second sub-2:30 run of her career, taking 28th place in 2:29:32.[1] The start of 2013 saw her win her first major race: she topped the podium at the Hamburg Marathon and took the women's title in a time of 2:29:17 hours.[9]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 25th Marathon 2:36:05
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 28th Marathon 2:29:32
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 12th Marathon 2:37:48

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Diana Lobacevske. London2012. Retrieved on 2013-04-24.
  2. ^ World Junior Championships 1998. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2013-04-24.
  3. ^ European Junior Championships 1999. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 2013-04-24.
  4. ^ Diana Lobacevske. Power of 10. Retrieved on 2013-04-24.
  5. ^ "Athletics: County runners high in the rankings", Leicester Mercury, 5 January 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2013
  6. ^ 2009 London Marathon Women's Mass Race. London Marathon. Retrieved on 2013-04-24.
  7. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-10-10). Kosgei clocks 2:09:00 course record in Carpi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-04-24.
  8. ^ Diana Lobacevske. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2013-04-24.
  9. ^ Minshull, Phil (2013-04-21). Kipchoge makes marvellous Marathon debut with 2:05:30 course record in Hamburg. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-04-24.

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