Who Is Mykolas Alekna?

Who Is Mykolas Alekna? Who Is Mykolas Alekna?

is a discus on the men's team at the University of California, Berkeley. Alekna is a junior from Vilnius, Lithuania, and has secured himself as one of the best discus throwers of all time.

On Sunday, April 14th, Alekna broke the discus world record which had stood for almost four decades. Alekna threw the discus an outstanding 74.35 meters, breaking the previous record by 0.27 meters. This was Alekna's sixth throw over 70 meters. 

At only 21 years old, Mykolas Alekna has competed with the Golden Bears for two previous seasons. In his freshman year, Alenka was named a First Team All-American, the USTFCCCA West Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year, Pac-12 Field Athlete and Freshman of the Year, threw 6 of the top 10 discus throws in history, and set the NCAA discus record with a 68.73-meter throw. 

In his sophomore year, Alekna was the second-ranked discus thrower in the world. He won bronze at the World Athletics Championships, was a First Team All-American, threw the top four throws in NCAA history, broke his own NCAA record with a 71.00m throw, and became the youngest man to ever break the 70-meter mark in world discus history. 

Alekna redshirted the 2023-2024 season to prepare for the 2024 Paris

Alekna's talent doesn't come from nowhere. Virgilijus Alekna is Mykolas' father and with Mykolas' world record throw, he bumped his father to the third all-time world record spot. is a two-time Olympic and World champion. 

Image Credit: California Golden Bears Athletics

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