Alekna named Euro. Male Athletics Rising Star
World silver medalist and European champion return for second year to Cal
TALLINN, ESTONIA – Fresh off his first season as a senior discus thrower, global phenom and second-year California Athletics Mykolas Alekna added another accolade to his trophy case.
Named as one of three finalists for the prestigious European Athletics Men’s Rising Star Award, Alekna attended Saturday night’s Golden Tracks banquet in Estonia as the reigning European discus champion and world silver medalist – the youngest man to have won one or the other. It is therefore not a surprise since he was declared the winner of his category for 2022.
“I’m very happy,” Alekna said with a smile. “It was an amazing season, and I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Alekna, who turned 20 in September, clocked a personal best 69.81m (229-0) at the BAUHAUS-Galan Diamond League tie in June – the longest ever by a teenager.
His results on the international stage follow an incredible season for the Bears in which he broke the NCAA’s all-time record (68.73m / 225-6) and was named the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year. Alekna is also Cal’s first-ever male semi-finalist for The Bowerman, the NCAA’s highest honor in athletics.
“The secret is having the right people around you,” Alekna said when asked about the key to her success. “I would like to thank my family, my teammates and my coaches who have supported and encouraged me on a daily basis.”
Fair Play Award – Nahuel Carabaña (Andorra)
Female Rising Star – Elina Tzengko (Greece)
Male Rising Star – Mykolas Alekna (Lithuania)
Female Athlete of the Year – Femke Bol (Netherlands)
Male Athlete of the Year – Armand Duplantis (Sweden), Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway)
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