Gintautas Umaras

Gintautas Umaras (born 20 May 1963) is a retired track and road racing cyclist from Lithuania, who represented the USSR at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. There he won the gold medal in the men's 4 km individual pursuit and in the men's team pursuit, alongside Viatcheslav Ekimov, Dmitry Nelyubin and Artūras Kasputis.[2] During the Soviet time he trained at Dynamo sports society in Klaipėda.[3]

Gintautas Umaras
Personal information
Born (1963-05-20) 20 May 1963 (age 58)
Kaunas, Lithuania
Medal record
Men's cycling
Representing  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Individual Pursuit
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Team Pursuit
World Championship[1]
Gold medal – first place 1987 Vienna 4 km Indiv. Pursuit
Gold medal – first place 1987 Vienna 4 km Team Pursuit
Silver medal – second place 1986 Colorado Springs 4 km Indiv. Pursuit
Silver medal – second place 1985 Bassano del Grappa 4 km Indiv. Pursuit show-medals = yes

For most of his career, he competed at amateur level. He was a professional road cyclist from 1989 to 1991. Umaras achieved several world records: in 1984 he broke the record in men's 5 km individual pursuit;[4] in 1985, 1986, and 1987 – in men's 4 km individual pursuit; and in 1988 – in men's 4 km team pursuit.[5]

Umaras was among the people who helped to establish the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania when Lithuania regained independence from the Soviet Union. He was appointed as one of its vice presidents.[6] Gintautas and his brother Mindaugas run several sport equipment shops in Vilnius and Klaipėda.[7]

Major resultsEdit

1988
Olympic Games
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Championship Track Cycling 2008--1958". Bike Cult Book. 30 March 2008. Archived from the original on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Gintautas Umaras Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. ^ Panorama of the 1986 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1987. p. 179.
  4. ^ Kelly, Greg (13 August 1984). "A Roundup Of The Weak July 30—Aug 5". Sports Illustrated. ISSN 0038-822X. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Track World Records Historical". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  6. ^ Krukauskas, Aleksandras (1998). "Kaip visa tai iš tikrųjų buvo?". Mokslas Ir Gyvenimas (in Lithuanian). 10 (490). ISSN 0134-3084. Archived from the original on 24 March 2007.
  7. ^ Milašius, Arūnas (13 January 2006). "Čempionas sėkmingai mina verslo pedalus". Verslo žinios (in Lithuanian). 9: 13. ISSN 1392-2807. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2008.