Živilė Balčiūnaitė

Živilė Balčiūnaitė
Zivile Balciunaite by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Lithuania
Born (1979-04-03) 3 April 1979 (age 40)
Vilnus, Lithuania
Country Lithuania
Sport Running
Achievements and titles
Regional finals 1st, 2010
National finals 1st, 2000
2nd, 2001, 2009
Živilė Balčiūnaitė at the 2010 Golden Spike Ostrava

Živilė Balčiūnaitė (born 3 April 1979[1] in Vilnius) is a Lithuanian long-distance runner. Balčiūnaitė finished 4th at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg. She also competed in the same event at the 2004 Olympics, finishing 14th. She finished 11th at the 2008 Olympics.[1]


In April 2011, the Athletics Federation of Lithuania announced Balčiūnaitė has been banned for two years for a positive drug test and will be stripped of her gold medal from Barcelona. Balčiūnaitė has said she is innocent and said the positive drug test was a result of a drug prescription by her gynecologist, however the anti doping rules state that every athlete is responsible for their own medical use.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Lithuania
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 10th 3000 m 9:34.01
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 10,000 m 33:47.13
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 5th 10,000 m 34:04.34
2004 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 14th Marathon 2:35:01
2006 2006 European Championships in Athletics Gothenburg, Sweden 4th Marathon 2:31:01
2007 2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan 33rd Marathon 2:43:28
2008 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 11th Marathon 2:29:33
2009 2009 World Championships in Athletics Berlin, Germany 19th Marathon 2:31:06
2010 2010 European Championships in Athletics Barcelona, Spain dq Marathon 2:31:14
2013 2013 World Championships in Athletics Moscow, Russia 20th Marathon 2:41:09 SB


  1. ^ a b "Živilė Balčiūnaitė". ESPN. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Lithuanian marathon runner Balciunaite banned for 2 years after positive doping test". The Washington Post. The Associated Press. 5 April 2011. Archived from the original on 6 April 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011.

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