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Kestutis Skucas

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T52, F52

Further personal information

Family
Daughters Skaiste and Ugne
Residence
Kaunas, LTU
Occupation
Lecturer
Languages
Lithuanian, English, Russian
Higher education
Education, English - Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education [LTU] / Vilnius University [LTU]

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1994 at the Kauno SK RSK club in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Why this sport?
"I started so as to get physically fit, to build strength and endurance and to achieve good results."
Club / Team
Kaunas RSK: Lithuania
Name of coach
Vytautas Skucas [personal]

International debut

Year
1996
Competing for
Lithuania

General interest

Hobbies
Reading books, listening to music. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the S4 50m backstroke at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Lithuanian discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whatever happens, you need to enjoy this day and never leave yourself out of life." (15min.lt, 07 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 and 2019 he was named among the Five Best Para Athletes of the Year by the Lithuanian Athletics Federation. (lengvoji.lt, 19 Jan 2019; delfi.lt, 17 Jan 2020)

He was named the 2016 Para Athlete of the Year in Kaunas, Lithuania. (kaunas.lt, 21 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in swimming at the Paralympic Games, winning a silver medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens in the 50m backstroke. He took up wheelchair basketball in 1991, and has coached and played for wheelchair basketball team Kaunas RSK in Lithuania. (paralympic.org, 01 Jan 2016; asgaliu.lrytas.lt, 17 Mar 2016; radikal.com.tr, 14 Mar 2015; lpok.lt, 31 May 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (delfi.lt, 27 Jun 2018)
Impairment
After finishing high school he was called up to serve in the Soviet military and was sent to Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation. While there he developed an inflammation of the spinal cord, which he attributes to the bitterly cold temperatures. At the time he was told by medics that he had a spinal tumour that had to be removed. Following the operation he had lost all feeling in his body below the armpits. (kauno.diena.lt, 01 Oct 2003)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has a PhD in social sciences and has worked for the Lithuanian Sports University as an associate professor, research and project manager, and coach of the wheelchair basketball team. He has held the position of president of the Kaunas Youth Recreation and Para Sports Club [Kaunas RSK] in Lithuania. (15min.lt, 07 May 2019; asgaliu.lrytas.lt, 17 Mar 2016; lpok.lt, 23 Oct 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 1 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 1 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heats 5
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 11
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 8
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 9999
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heat 2 4
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 9999
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 9999
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 6
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 9999
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 3 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Christchurch 1998 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 8
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 7
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heats 7
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heats 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 2012-08-31 7
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 2012-09-06 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 2013-08-13 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final 1 2013-08-13 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final Round 2016-09-08 4
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 1 2016-09-09 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final 1 2017-07-18 4