When? July 18-24, 1997
Medals won? 3

Lisbon 1997 European Youth Summer Olympic Days

Facts and figures

10 sports, 85 events, and 2500 athletes from 47 nations.

Most medals won (from a total of 42 teams) by: 1. Russia – 42 (18, 13, 11), 2. Ukraine – 22 (11, 5, 6) 3. Great Britain – 23 (10, 2, 11), … 28. Lithuania – 3 (0, 2, 1).

Lithuania in the Olympic Days

In Lisbon, the Lithuanian delegation consisted of 52 athletes who represented seven different sports – sailing, cycling, judo, football, gymnastics, track and field athletics, and swimming.

Rasa Drazdauskaitė won a silver medal by finishing second in the 1500 m running event, while the Lithuanian football team coached by Antanas Komskis and consisting of Povilas Požerskis, Rimantas Cepovas, Nerijus Sasnauskas, Gvidas Grigas, Andrius Puotkalis, Irmantas Zelmikas, Kęstutis Deveika, Virmantas Lemežis, Mindaugas Puodžiūnas, Rolandas Karčemarskas, Mindaugas Maksvytis, Artūras Sobolis, Rimas Šarka, Eugenijus Filonovas and Martynas Karalius, lost to the Georgian team in the finals after a penalty shoot-out (0:0, penalties 5:6). Before that, the Lithuanian team had beaten the Greek and the Norwegian teams. Portugal, the host of the event, was third.

Swimmer Rolandas Gimbutis won bronze in the 100 m freestyle event. Later he would become an Olympian.

Javelin thrower Ričardas Keršulis was 4th, while runner Inesa Kliukoitytė placed 5th in the 400 m sprint event. Judoka Mantas Vaidilauskas also won the 5th place.

Tomas Vaiktus, who would later become one of the best Lithuanian cyclist of all times, competed in cycling events, and the future Olympic vice-champion Gintarė Volungevičiūtė placed 20th in the sailing event.

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