Lithuania at the 1928 Summer Olympics

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Lithuania at the
1928 Summer Olympics
Flag of Lithuania (1918-1940).svg
IOC code LTU
NOC National Olympic Committee of Lithuania
Website www.ltok.lt (in Lithuanian) (in English)
in Amsterdam
Competitors 12 in 4 sports
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)

Lithuania competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. After the disappointing debut in the 1924 Summer Olympics, Lithuania was better prepared for the games in Amsterdam. In 1926 it organized the first national Olympics (Lithuanian: Lietuvos sporto šventė).[1] Lithuania sent 12 athletes to compete in 4 sports: athletics, boxing, cycling, and weightlifting. The best result was achieved by boxer Juozas Vinča, who shared 5th–8th places.[1] Lithuania did not appear in the Olympics again until 1992.

Athletics[edit]

Haris Šveminas (credited as H. Schwemminas in the official report) competed in men's 100 m and 200 m events. In 100 metres he finished 5th in 12th heat of the first round and did not advance to the semifinals.[2] He shared 63–71 places among 75 competitors.[3] In 200 metres Šveminas was third in the 9th heat, but that was also not enough to advance.[2] In this event he shared 31–44 places among 59 competitors.[3]

Julius Petraitis competed in men's 5,000 m event. He was tenth in 2nd heat and did not advance.[4] Adolfas Akelaitis jumped 160 cm in men's high jump and took the last place.[5] Viktoras Ražaitis competed in men's jevelin throw. His result (51.16 metres) secured him 26th place among 28 competitors.[3]

Paulina Radziulytė became the first woman to represent Lithuania in the Olympics. She competed in women's 800 metres. She placed last in the 3rd heat and 23rd–24th overall among 25 athletes.[3] She was also registered for 100 metres, but did not enter the competition.[6]

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Julius Petraitis 5000 m NT 10 Did not advance
Haris Šveminas 100 m NT 5 Did not advance
200 m NT 3 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Julius Petraitis High jump 1.60 33 Did not advance
Viktoras Ražaitis Javelin throw 51.16 26 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Paulina Radziulytė 800 m NT 9 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Lithuania was represented by two boxers: Juozas Vinča in the light heavyweight (up to 79.4 kg / 175 lb) and Kazys Markevičius in the lightweight competitions (up to 61.2 kg / 135 lb). Vinča won the first match against Robert Foquet from France and advanced to the quarterfinals. He was then knocked out by Donald McCorkindale from South Africa and eliminated from further competition.[7] Vinča thus shared 5th–8th places with boxers from Canada, Ireland, and Great Britain. Markevičius lost his first game to Georges Carcagne from France and did not advance in the competition.[8]

Men
Athlete Event 1 Round 2 Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Kazys Markevičius Lightweight  Georges Carcagne (FRA)
L
Did not advance 17
Juozas Vinča Light heavyweight BYE  Robert Foquet (FRA)
W
 Don McCorkindale (RSA)
L TKO-2
Did not advance 5

Cycling[edit]

In cycling Lithuania was represented by four athletes: Isakas Anolikas (also competed in the 1924 Olympics), Vladas Jankauskas, Jurgis Gedminas, and Tarhumas Murnikas. All four competed in the individual road race (168 kilometre time trial). Anolikas and Jankauskas did not finish the race. Murnikas finished the race in 5 hours 41 minutes and placed 50th among 63 competitors. Gediminas was 55th (5 hours 50 minutes).[9]

Road[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Isakas Anolikas Men's road race DNF
Jurgis Gedminas 5:50:04 55
Vladas Jankauskas DNF
Tarhumas Murnikas 5:41:00 50

Weightlifting[edit]

Pranas Vitonis,[10] the only Lithuanian weightlifter at the Olympics, competed in men's 75 kg class. He received 275 points and shared 15th–16th places with Ernst Trinkler from Switzerland among 18 competitors.[11]

Men
Athlete Event Military Press Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Pranas Vitonis 75 kg 85 14 85 15 105 18 275 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rimša, Pranas. "80 Metų pasaulio olimpinėje šeimoje" (in Lithuanian). Penki Kontinentai. Retrieved 2008-08-22. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Haris Šveminas". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Lietuviai olimpinėse žaidynėse" (PDF) (in Lithuanian). Lietuvos lengvosios atletikos federacija. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Julius Petraitis". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games: Men's High Jump". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  6. ^ The Netherlands Olympic Committee. G. Van Rossem, ed. The Ninth Olympiad Amsterdam 1928: Official Report (PDF). Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy. p. 390. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-08. 
  7. ^ The Netherlands Olympic Committee. G. Van Rossem, ed. The Ninth Olympiad Amsterdam 1928: Official Report (PDF). Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy. pp. 499, 501. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-08. 
  8. ^ The Netherlands Olympic Committee. G. Van Rossem, ed. The Ninth Olympiad Amsterdam 1928: Official Report (PDF). Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy. p. 495. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-08. 
  9. ^ The Netherlands Olympic Committee. G. Van Rossem, ed. The Ninth Olympiad Amsterdam 1928: Official Report (PDF). Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy. p. 523. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-08. 
  10. ^ Probably not Povilas Vaitonis, the chess player and pole vaulter.
  11. ^ The Netherlands Olympic Committee. G. Van Rossem, ed. The Ninth Olympiad Amsterdam 1928: Official Report (PDF). Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy. p. 825. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-08.