Vadims Vasiļevskis

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Vadims Vasiļevskis
2012-06-07 Bislett Games Vadims Vasiļevskis.jpg
Vadims Vasiļevskis in 2012
Personal information
Nationality Latvian
Born (1982-01-05) 5 January 1982 (age 35)
Rīga, Latvia[1]
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb)
Sport
Country  Latvia
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 2004, 2008
Personal best(s) Javelin throw: 90.73m

Vadims Vasiļevskis (born 5 January 1982 in Riga) is a Latvian javelin thrower, a silver medalist of 2004 Summer Olympics. Vasiļevskis achieved his best result of 90.73m on July 22, 2007 in Tallinn, Estonia, becoming the tenth longest javelin thrower of all times.

Career[edit]

Vasiļevskis at the 2010 Bislett Games.

He has been coached by Valentīna Eiduka. In his early career he finished eighth at the 2000 World Junior Championships and competed at the 2002 European Championships without reaching the final.

Vasiļevskis was the Latvian flag bearer at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He was the biggest surprise among Latvia's medal winners in 2004 Olympics. Latvia had three competitors in javelin throw: Vasiļevskis, Ēriks Rags and Voldemārs Lūsis, with Vasiļevskis being the youngest and the least known of the three. In Olympics, Vasiļevskis was the best of the three, throwing for 84.95 metres, two and a half meters further than his previous personal best and good enough to win a silver medal.[2]

After the Olympic silver he finished eighth at the 2004 World Athletics Final. After an unsuccessful 2005 World Championships where he did not reach the final round, he got fourth places fourth at the 2006 European Championships, the 2006 World Athletics Final and the 2007 World Championships. He won the gold medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade, and finished ninth at the 2008 Olympic Games. He was the Latvian flag bearer at the 2008 Summer Olympics as well.

Seasons bests by year[edit]

  • 1999 - 63.82
  • 2000 - 73.07
  • 2001 - 73.25
  • 2002 - 81.92
  • 2003 - 77.81
  • 2004 - 84.95
  • 2005 - 81.30
  • 2006 - 90.43
  • 2007 - 90.73
  • 2008 - 86.65
  • 2009 - 90.71
  • 2010 - 84.08
  • 2011 - 88.22
  • 2012 - 86.50
  • 2013 - 82.79
  • 2014 - 76.42

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vadims Vasiļevskis". SR/Olympics. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Šķēpmetējs Vasiļevskis ar sudrabu noslēdz Latvijas olimpiešu startu Atēnās (papildināts)" (in Latvian). Delfi.lv. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

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