Aigars Apinis

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Aigars Apinis in 2015
Aigars Apinis
Medal record
Representing  Latvia
Men's athletics
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Discus throw F52
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Discus throw F33–34/52
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Shot put F52/53
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Discus throw F51/52
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing Shot put F33–34/52
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Discus throw F51–F53
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Discus throw F52
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Shot put F52
IPC World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Doha Discus – F52

Aigars Apinis (9 June 1973 in Aizkraukle) is a Latvian athlete. He participates in F52 class which means he has limited finger movement and no trunk or leg function. He started to practice in 1998, but already at the 2000 Summer Paralympics he won two bronze medals – in discus throw and shot put. At the 2004 Summer Paralympics he became the Olympic champion in discus throw and was 4th in shot put.

In the fall of 2010 Apinis created resonance in the society, by stating that he is ready to sell his 2000 Sydney Paralympics bronze medal (first paralympic medal in the history of Latvia) in an auction, in order to provide Latvian Paralympic Committee with funds, which would allow Latvian delegation to participate in the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships.[1]

At the 2011 IPC (International Paralympic Committee) World Championships in New Zealand, Apinis won the gold medal in the shot put F52/53 category,[2] also setting a new world record[3] for his category.

Apinis won the gold medal in discus throw at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.[4]


  1. ^ LETA (2010-11-21). "Lai piedalītos PČ vieglatlētikā, sportists gatavs pārdot Paralimpisko spēļu medaļu". Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  2. ^ IPC (2011-01-24). "IPC Athletics World Championships Results, Shot Put F52/53" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  3. ^ ir (2011-01-24). "Apinis kļūst par pasaules čempionu lodes grūšanā". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  4. ^ Ludmila Glazunova (2016-09-08). "Aigars Apinis Riodežaneiro izcīna paralimpisko zeltu" (in Latvian). Retrieved 2016-09-08. 

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