Gintautas Umaras

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Gintautas Umaras
Medal record
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Track cycling
Olympic Games
Gold Seoul 1988 Individual Pursuit
Gold Seoul 1988 Team Pursuit
World Championship[1]
Gold Vienna 1987 4 km Indiv. Pursuit
Gold Vienna 1987 4 km Team Pursuit
Silver Colorado Springs 1986 4 km Indiv. Pursuit
Silver Bassano de Grappa 1985 4 km Indiv. Pursuit
Bronze Bassano de Grappa 1985 4 km Team Pursuit

Gintautas Umaras (born May 20, 1963 in Kaunas) is a retired track and road racing cyclist from Lithuania, who represented the USSR at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. There he won the gold medal in the men's 4 km individual pursuit and in the men's team pursuit, alongside Vyacheslav Ekimov, Dmitry Nelyubin and Artūras Kasputis. During the Soviet time he trained at Dynamo sports society in Klaipėda.[2]

For most of his career he competed at amateur level. He was a professional road cyclist from 1989 to 1991. Umaras achieved several world records: in 1984 he broke the record in men's 5 km individual pursuit;[3] in 1985, 1986, and 1987 – in men's 4 km individual pursuit; and in 1988 – in men's 4 km team pursuit.[4]

Umaras was among the people who helped to establish the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania when Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union. He was appointed as one of its vice presidents.[5] Gintautas and his brother Mindaugas run several sport equipment shops in Vilnius and Klaipėda.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Championship Track Cycling 2008--1958". Bike Cult Book. 30 March 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  2. ^ (Russian) Panorama of the 1986 Sports Year. Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1987. p. 179. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Greg (August 13, 1984). "A Roundup Of The Weak July 30—Aug 5". Sports Illustrated. ISSN 0038-822X. 
  4. ^ "Track World Records Historical". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  5. ^ (Lithuanian) Krukauskas, Aleksandras (1998). "Kaip visa tai iš tikrųjų buvo?". Mokslas ir gyvenimas 10 (490). ISSN 0134-3084. 
  6. ^ (Lithuanian) Milašius, Arūnas (2006-01-13). "Čempionas sėkmingai mina verslo pedalus". Verslo žinios 9: 13. ISSN 1392-2807.