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SKUCAS Kestutis
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Lithuania   
GenderMen
Age55
Place of BirthKaunas, URS
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T52, F52
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Renata, daughters Skaiste and Ugne
Residence
Kaunas, LTU
Occupation
Lecturer
Languages
Lithuanian, English, Russian
Higher education
Education, English - Vilnius University: Lithuania
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1994 at the Kauno SK RSK club in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Why this sport?
"I started so as to get physically fit, to build strength and endurance and to achieve good results."
Club / Team
Kaunas RSK: Lithuania
Name of coach
Vytautas Skucas [personal], LTU
Senior International Debut
Year
1996
Competing for
Lithuania
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading books, listening to music. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal competing in swimming in the S4 50m backstroke at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Lithuanian discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whatever happens, you need to enjoy this day and never leave yourself out of life." (15min.lt, 07 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 and 2019 he was named among the Five Best Para Athletes of the Year by the Athletics Federation of Lithuania [LLAF]. (lengvoji.lt, 19 Jan 2019; delfi.lt, 17 Jan 2020)

He was named the 2016 Para Athlete of the Year in Kaunas, Lithuania. (kaunas.lt, 21 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in swimming at the Paralympic Games, winning a silver medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens in the 50m backstroke. He took up wheelchair basketball in 1991, and has coached and played for wheelchair basketball team Kaunas RSK in Lithuania. (paralympic.org, 01 Jan 2016; asgaliu.lrytas.lt, 17 Mar 2016; radikal.com.tr, 14 Mar 2015; lpok.lt, 31 May 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lrt.lt, 29 Nov 2020)
Impairment
After finishing high school he was called up to serve in the Soviet military and was sent to Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation. While there he developed an inflammation of the spinal cord, which he attributes to the bitterly cold temperatures. At the time he was told by medics that he had a spinal tumour that had to be removed. Following the operation he had lost all feeling in his body below the armpits. (kauno.diena.lt, 01 Oct 2003)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has a PhD in social sciences and has worked for the Lithuanian Sports University as an associate professor, research and project manager, and coach of the wheelchair basketball team. He has held the position of president of the Kaunas Youth Recreation and Para Sports Club [Kaunas RSK] in Lithuania. (15min.lt, 07 May 2019; asgaliu.lrytas.lt, 17 Mar 2016; lpok.lt, 23 Oct 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 Discus Throw F52 17.08
Round 1 2016 100m T52 21.03
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2017 Discus Throw F52 17.41
9 2019 400m T52 1:05.18
6 2019 1500m T52 4:01.96
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
8 2000 200m Freestyle S5 3:31.65 
  2004 50m Freestyle S4  DNS
  2004 100m Freestyle S4  DNS
11 2004 200m Freestyle S4 3:48.21
2 2004 50m Backstroke S4 47.62
10 2004 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:06.74
5 2004 50m Butterfly S4 1:00.45
  2004 150m Individual Medley SM4  DNS
11 2008 50m Freestyle S4 49.56
9 2008 200m Freestyle S4 3:55.82
5 2008 50m Backstroke S4 50.59
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S4 52.13
Heats 2012 50m Backstroke S4 52.38
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002 50m Freestyle S4 49.94
2 2002 50m Backstroke S4 48.46
6 2002 50m Breaststroke SB3 58.26
11 2006 50m Freestyle S4 51.38
7 2006 100m Freestyle S4 1:51.36
2 2006 50m Backstroke S4 49.79
6 2006 50m Butterfly S4 1:02.10
6 2010 50m Butterfly S4 59.88
6 2010 50m Backstroke S4 52.55
11 2010 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:07.71
6 2013 50m Backstroke S4 54.00
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 100m T52 21.49
3 2016 Discus Throw F52 16.19
5 2018 100m T52 19.64
2 2018 1500m T52 4:31.51
5 2018 Discus Throw F52 17.77
1 2018 400m T52 1:08.39
3 2021 400m T52 1:08.20
5 2021 100m T52 20.16
2 2021 1500m T52 4:19.12
European Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 50m Backstroke S4 53.84