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Lina Kačiušytė

Lina Kačiušytė
Medal record
Women's swimming
Competitor for the 23x15px Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow 200 m breaststroke
World Championships (LC)
Gold medal – first place 1978 West Berlin 200 m breaststroke
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1981 Bucharest 200 m breaststroke
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Bucharest 100 m breaststroke
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Bucharest 4x100 m medley

Lina Kačiušytė (born January 1, 1963 in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR) is a Lithuanian swimmer who competed for the Soviet Union, winner of a gold medal in 200 m breaststroke with the Olympic record time of 2:29:54 at the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Biography

She trained at the VSS Žalgiris in Vilnius.[1] Her first coach from 1974 to 1977, Arvydas Gražiūnas, saw her great potential and guided her in the right direction. By 1976 she was invited to train with the USSR's youth swimming team and, within a year promoted to the USSR National Team. Following another year of hard training, she was ready for the 1978 World Championships of Berlin.

She surprised everyone by winning the 200 m breaststroke and setting two world records: one in the prelims, defeating world record holder and teammate Yuliya Bogdanova, the second when winning the gold medal in the finals. She set the world record a third time the following year at the USSR vs. DDR Dual Meet in Potsdam, a record that stood from 1979 through 1985 when it was finally broken by East Germany's Silke Hörner. Lina was the first female breaststroke swimmer to go under the 2 minute 30 second barrier for the 200 meter event.

In 1998 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

References

  1. Invalid language code. Profile in the Olympic Encyclopedia

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