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|Born|| (1979-04-03) 3 April 1979
|Achievements and titles|
|Regional finals||1st, 2010|
|National finals||1st, 2000
2nd, 2001, 2009
Živilė Balčiūnaitė (born 3 April 1979 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.
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.
|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|
- "Živilė Balčiūnaitė". ESPN. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- "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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