08/09/2020   Bristonas (LTU): Brigita Virbalyte and Artur Mastianica win the 34th Mikenas memorial




On Saturday (5 September 2020) the 34th Memorial in honor of Antanas Mikenas, the only Lithuanian Olympic medalist, took place in Bristonas (LTU).
The event, which traditionally takes place in spring and on the streets of the city, this time took place on the track with the best Lithuanian athletes who challenged each other but, in any case, with a lot of support from the local public.
The program initially included the Baltic championships in the U18 and U20 categories, of a collective nature, which did not materialize due to Covid-19, with the teams of Latvia and Estonia who gave up traveling.
10.000m track walk women
In the main races, the best athletes demonstrated that the forced rest period did not affect their performance.
Brigita Virbalyte, won the women's race with 44:18.53, best world result of the year on the track which places her ahead of Antigoni Drisbioti (GRE) who last 19.7.2020 in Thessaloniki (GRE) was capable of a 44:28.87
The beautiful and likeable Lithuanian athlete, coached by the Australian Brent Vallance for only 1:18/100 has touched the national record of Lithuania which belongs to Sonata Milusauskaite (44:17.35) since 2004 and set in Lisbon in the Portuguese championships.
Second place to Monika Vaciukeviciute in 47:31.25
Third place to Austeja Kavaliauskaite in 50:30.25


10.000m track walk men
The men's race was won by Artur Mastianica in 40:37.64.
Mastianica who is a 50km specialist in the second part of the race overtook the favorite Marius Ziukas (LTU) who lead the race for a long time but ended up giving in in the final part, getting the second place in 41:25.19.
Third place to Tadas Suskevicius (LTU) in 42:47.85