Mindaugas Pukštas (born 3 August 1978 in Kaunas) is a retired Lithuanian marathon runner. He represented his nation Lithuania at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and later became an All-American in cross-country racing as a member of the track and field team for Oklahoma State University, under head coach Rene Sepulveda, while studying at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States. Before he retired from his athletic career in 2006 to pursue volunteer coaching for his alma mater's track and field squad, Pukstas ran a career best in 2:12:52 to notch his first and only title at the Eurasia Marathon in Istanbul.
|Born||3 August 1978|
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR,
|Residence||Stillwater, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|College team||Oklahoma State Cowboys |
|Coached by||Rene Sepulveda |
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Marathon: 2:12:52|
Pukstas qualified for the men's marathon at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, by finishing third and registering an A-standard entry time of 2:14.59 from the Motorola Marathon in Austin, Texas. He finished seventy-fourth in a vast field of a hundred runners with a time of 2:33:02, trailing behind the gold medalist Stefano Baldini of Italy by nearly twenty-two minutes.
Pukstas currently resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma, along with his wife and fellow assistant coach Živilė Pukštienė, and their children Rokas and Gabija. In May 2011, Pukštas overcame the rains across the city's lengthy course to claim the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon title under the men's senior category in 2:31:33.
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- "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's Marathon". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- Auruškevičius, Algirdas (31 August 2004). "Atėnai perdavė olimpinę estafetę Pekinui" [Athens hands over the Olympic flag to Beijing] (in Lithuanian). Vakarų ekspresas. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- "Ex-Cowboy Mindi Pukstas wins Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon men's event". Tulsa World. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- Mindaugas Pukstas at World Athletics
- Mindaugas Pukstas on Twitter
- Mindaugas Pukstas – Oklahoma State University athlete profile at OkState.com
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