Skujytė in European Championships 2011
|Born||August 12, 1979|
Biržai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||76 kg (168 lb)|
|Updated on 4 August 2012.|
Austra Skujytė (born 12 August 1979 in Biržai) is a Lithuanian athlete, competing in both the heptathlon and the decathlon. On 15 April 2005 in Columbia, Missouri, she broke the women's decathlon world record, with a score of 8358. She is the 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the heptathlon. The later medal was allocated retrospectively following the disqualification in 2016 of original medalist Tatyana Chernova for historic doping offences.
Her personal best in the 7-event heptathlon of 6599 was set on 4 August at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. During that competition she set the World Heptathlon Best in the Shot Put at 17.31 m (56 ft 9 1⁄4 in). She is an eight time national champion in the Shot Put. She has also won National Championships in the Discus, 100 metres hurdles twice and Long jump three times.
Skujytė graduated with a degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University, where she became the first woman at the school to win multiple NCAA championships, capturing titles in the heptathlon in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, she also took second in the NCAA in the shot put competition.
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