Latvia at the Paralympics

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Latvia at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code  LAT
NPC Latvian Paralympic Committee
Paralympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games
Other related appearances
Soviet Union (1988)

Latvia, following its independence from the Soviet Union, made its Paralympic Games début at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona, with a delegation of two athletes (Armands Lizbovskis and Aldis Supulnieks) in track and field. It then sent Supulnieks as its sole representative to the 1994 Winter Paralympics, for its Winter Games début. (He competed in cross-country skiing.) Latvia has taken part in every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics, but missed the 1998 and 2002 Winter Games, appearing with a one-man delegation in 2006, before being absent again in 2010.[1]

Latvians have won a total of nine Paralympic medals, of which two gold, three silver and two bronze. All these medals have been won at the Summer Games, and all in track and field.[2]

The country obtained its first medals in 2000 in Sydney, when Aigars Apinis took bronze in both the discus and the shot put (F52 category). Latvia's third medal of the Sydney Games was also a bronze, through Armands Lizbovskis in the long jump (F13). These were Lizbovskis' third and last Games. In 2004, Apinis became Latvia's first Paralympic champion when he won the F52 discus event, establishing a new Paralympic record with a throw of 18.98m. At the same Games, Edgars Bergs took silver in the shot put and bronze in the discus (F35). In 2008, Apinis and Bergs were again Latvia's sole medal winners. The former won gold in the discus (with a world record throw of 20.47m) and silver in the shot put (F33/34/52), while the latter also won silver in the shot put (F35/36). Apinis thus remains Latvia's only Paralympic champion to date.[3]

Medal tallies[edit]

Summer Paralympics[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1992 Summer Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
1996 Summer Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
2000 Summer Paralympics 0 0 3 3 63rd
2004 Summer Paralympics 1 1 1 3 52nd
2008 Summer Paralympics 1 2 0 3 45th
2012 Summer Paralympics 1 1 0 2 47th

Winter Paralympics[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1994 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
2006 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Latvia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ Latvia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ Latvia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee