Lithuanian Sports - In Brief
30th November 2008
Viktorija Čmilytė. Photo courtesy Wikipedia
A Major Chess Award to Viktorija Čmilytė
Lithuania’s champion chess player, Viktorija Čmilytė, for her achievements in chess during 2007-2008 has just recently been awarded the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) Grand Prix during the 38th World Chess Olympiad in Germany in November 2008.
This year the 25 year old V.Čmilytė has already become the European women chess vice-champion and has won the Swedish, German and Russian championships.

Further information: www.lzinios.lt 21/11/08

Rūta Paškauskienė.
Photo courtesy “Lietuvos Žinios”

Kristina Kacevičiūtė (left).
Photo courtesy “Lietuvos Žinios”
Rūta Paškauskienė – European Table Tennis Champion
For the first time in the history of table tennis in Lithuania, the gold in the European table tennis championship was won by a Lithuanian, Rūta Paškauskienė, last October 2008 in St.Petersburg, Russia.
The 31 year old Rūta Paškauskienė, paired up with another Lithuanian Jolanta Prūsienė, had previously won the bronze in women’s doubles in 1994, 1996 and 1998. In mixed doubles, with a Serb partner Aleksander Karakashevich, she won the gold in 2000 and 2005 and the silver in 2002.

Further information: www.lzinios.lt 14/10/08

Vilnius Hosts World Karate Championship and Lithuanians Win Five Medals
Last October 2008 Vilnius hosted the 14th World Traditional Karate Championships, with competitors from 30 countries competing. All the Lithuanians competing finished up with medals – a silver and four bronze. Previously the European Karate Championship had also been held in Vilnius in 2003 and Lithuanians likewise had won medals.
This year the silver winner was Kristina Kacevičiūtė in the individual fuku-go section. In 2006 she had won the gold in the European Championships and bronze in the World Championships. Bronze medals this year in individual and team events went to Rytis Bublevičius, Laimonas Niūnava, Natalija Artiomova, Giedrius Švedkauskas and Darius Balčiūnas.

Further information: www.lzinios.lt 14/10/08