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Lithuanian sports journalists awards the best 2011 athletes

2011-12-23 17:38:00 AIPS


Photos by Alfredas Pliadis and Stasys Petkus

VILNIUS, December 23, 2011 - 20th december had all the perfect ingredients with the sun shining as all the top Lithuanian athletes gathered in a restaurant in Vilnius “Carskoje selo” including Lithuanian treasure, basketball legend, Olympic champion 223 cm. tall Arvydas Sabonis who attended the award gala for the first time.

The Olympic champion, the best ever basketball player in Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis was a few months back elected President of Lithuanian Basketball Federation.

As usual with his bursting sense of humor- Arvydas was joked about his birthday which he celebrated a day earlier. " I am 11…."he said laughing.

That’s his playing number in the court. Sabonis turned 47. President of Lithuanian Sports journalist federation Laima Janusonyte gave him a photo of him at 30 years old .

Lithuanian Sports journalists federation for seventh time time elected best athletes of the year. Modern pentathlon athlete Laura Asadauskaite and rower Mindaugas Griskonis were selected Lithuania's best. Both sportsmen had qualified to London Olympic Games. Laura Asadauskaite this year has won 3 medals- silver in world cup finals and 2 bronze medals in world championship.

Mindaugas Griskonis has won gold in Europe championship and was 7th at the World championship. Members of Lithuanian Sports journalists federation unanimously voted for the best Team and coach of Lithuania.

World champions - Lithuanian U-19 basketball team was named Team of the year 2011 and coach Kazys Maksvytis was named the best coach of the year 2011.

The Awarding ceremony also elected the best journalists of year 2011 - camera man of Lithuanian Television Stasys Petkus and sports journalist Algis Matulevicius.

Overal results:

The best female Athlete of the year 2011
1. Laura Asadauskaite ( modern pentathlon)
2. Ruta Paskauskiene ( table tennis)
3. Viktorija Cmilyte (chess)

The best male Athlete of the year of 2011:
1. Mindaugas Griskonis (rowing)
2. Jonas Valanciunas (basketball)
3. Egidijus Kavaliauskas (boxing)

The best Team of the year 2011:
U-19 basketball youth team ( world champions)

The best coach of the year 2011:
Kazys Maksvytis

Stasys Petkus
Algis Matulevicius

(By Laima Janusonyte AIPS vice president and President of Lithuanian Sports journalists federation)

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