World record holder Mykolas Alakna switched to discus throw from football after his feet grew too big

Earlier this month, the oldest men’s record in athletics was broken by 21-year-old Lithuanian discus thrower Mykolas Alakna at a meet in Ramona, Oklahom

The Alakna surname carries weight as Mykolas’ father Virgilijus is a two-time Olympic champion and double World Championship gold medallist. Mykolas seems to be on his way to fill the big shoes. When he threw the discus to a distance of 74.35 metres in his fifth attempt in Ramona, he broke German Jürgen Schult’s 1986 record of 74.08 metres, and also pushed his father down to third spot in the all-time list. Two World championships medals — a silver in Eugene in 2022 and a bronze in Budapest — had already earned him a place among the elite.

In an interview with media Virgilijus talks about his son’s technique, the switch from football to discus and why he believes medals at major championships are more important than records.

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