Mindaugas Bilius has won Lithuania's first paralympic gold in Rio 2016 - and that’s already a second medal on the athlete’s neck this year, as he’s already won silver in discus throw.
On September 14th, the Šiauliai-born Mindaugas Bilius secured the gold in the men’s shot put F37 with a throw of 16.80.
“I’m happy and surprised at the same time. I was kind of expecting that but it’s a competition and everyone is even,” Bilius said. “I wanted to win this for our country and then the people could see that people with disability can do exactly the same as people who don’t have injuries.”
The athlete has been a resident of Kaunas for more than 5 years now. He has the masters diploma of Vytautas Magnus University (Diplomacy and International Relations) and the masters diploma if Lithuanian Sports University (Tourism and Sports Management). Bilius is a coach and works with kids that have disabilities.
The 15th summer Paralympic Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 September to 18 September 2016. Among 4,300 athletes, 13 represent Lithuania.
Congratulations, dear Mindaugas! We are positive the silver and the gold are definitely not the last medals in your collection.