Daina Gudzinevičiūtė

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Daina Gudzinevičiūtė
Daina Gudzinevičiūtė.jpg
Gudzinevičiūtė in 2012
Personal information
Born 23 December 1965 (1965-12-23) (age 51)
Vilnius, Lithuania

Daina Gudzinevičiūtė (born 23 December 1965 in Vilnius)[1] is an Olympic shooting champion from Lithuania and president of National Olympic Committee.

Trap shooting for women was first introduced in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Gudzinevičiūtė scored 71 hits in the qualifying round and then hit 22 out of 25 targets in the final. This was one more than Delphine Racinet's score. As the event was held in the Olympic Games for the first time, Gudzinevičiūtė also set an Olympic record. It was a very unexpected victory for Lithuania and their first medal at Sydney.

After the Sydney success it was expected that Daina would perform well in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, but she scored only 55 hits and landed on the 14th place among 17 contestants. She complained about the weather with strong gusts which was an obstacle for all shooters: the best result (after the final) was just 88.

Other results:

  • 1988 Europe championship 1st (under the Soviet Union flag)
  • 1989 World championship 1st
  • 1992 Europe championship 2nd, 3rd
  • 1994 World championship 4th
  • 2001 Special World championship in Cairo 9th
  • 2002 World championship in Lahti 2nd
  • 2003 "Grand Prix" in Cyprus 2nd
  • 2004 World Cup in Athens 11th
  • 2005 Europe championship in Belgrade 2nd

She currently ranked as the 26th best trap shooter in the world by the International Shooting Sport Federation. In 2002, she ranked second.

After the Sydney games she became popular in Lithuania. She was invited to host a documentary television show "Farai" (English: cops). It follows the daily lives of Lithuanian policemen. She also worked with the State Border Guard Service.

In 2012, she beat Virgilijus Alekna in the election for the president of the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania.[2]

Olympic results
Event 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012
Trap Not held 1st, gold medalist(s) Gold
71+22
14th
55
5th
69+17
14th
66
Double trap 10th
101
Not held Not held

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daina Gudzinevičiūtė". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  2. ^ [1]

External links[edit]


Records
Preceded by
First
Olympic Women's Trap Qualification Record
71 points, 2000 Sydney
Succeeded by
Italy Jessica Rossi
2012 London
Preceded by
First
Olympic Women's Trap Final Record
93 points, 2000 Sydney
Succeeded by
None (changed rules in 2005)