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Ramunas Verbavicius

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55

Further personal information

Residence
Kaunas, LTU
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German, Lithuanian, Russian
Higher education
Forestry Studies - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences [SLU]: Uppsala, SWE

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2014 at a sports centre in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up Para athletics by coach Jonas Burakovas. "Sport made life more fun. If it was not for sport, I would have taken a monotonous job, but now I'm travelling around the world for more exciting goals."
Club / Team
Kauno SK RSK: Kaunas, LTU
Name of coach
Albinas Miliauskas [personal], LTU, from 2018
Training Regime
He trains twice a day. In the mornings he focuses on technical skills and in the evenings he does strength work.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Lithuania
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Swansea, WAL

General interest

Hobbies
Fishing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F55 javelin throw at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Jonas Burakovas. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Lithuanian discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Look forward, never back." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named as one of the Five Best Para Athletes of 2018 by the Athletics Federation of Lithuania [LLAF]. (lengvoji.lt, 19 Jan 2019)

He was named among the 10 Best Lithuanian Para Athletes of the Year by the Lithuanian Paralympic Committee in both 2015 and 2017. (alytusplius.lt, 14 Dec 2017; delfi.lt, 09 Dec 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in Para swimming at club level in Lithuania. (klubastakas.lt, 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lrt.lt, 25 Nov 2020)
Impairment
He has paraplegia after injuring his spinal cord during weightlifting training in 2009. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; paralympics.lt, 01 Jan 2019; lzinios.lt, 01 Jan 2016 )
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has a master's degree in forestry economics from Aleksandras Stulginskis University in Kaunas, Lithuania. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)

TV APPEARANCE
In 2019 he featured on the Lithuanian television show 'Special Squad', in which 12 Para athletes from different sports and two wounded Lithuanian soldiers lived with the Lithuanian Armed Forces for 16 days. (ve.lt, 28 Aug 2019; lrt.lt, 25 Aug 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F55 Final 1 2015-10-26 6
Men's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2015-10-31 10
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F55 Final 1 2017-07-15 5
Men's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2017-07-20 7