Latvia at the
Paralympics
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IPC codeLAT
NPCLatvian Paralympic Committee
Websitewww.lpkomiteja.lv (in Latvian)
Medals
Gold
5
Silver
7
Bronze
8
Total
20
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
 Soviet Union (1988)

Latvia, following its independence from the Soviet Union, made its Paralympic Games début at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona, with a delegation of two athletes (Armands Lizbovskis and Aldis Supulnieks) in track and field. It then sent Supulnieks as its sole representative to the 1994 Winter Paralympics, for its Winter Games début. (He competed in cross-country skiing.) Latvia has taken part in every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics, but missed the 1998 and 2002 Winter Games, appearing with a one-man delegation in 2006, before being absent again in 2010.[1]

Latvians have won a total of 20 Paralympic medals, of which five gold, seven silver and eight bronze. All these medals have been won at the Summer Games, and all in track and field.[2]

The country obtained its first medals in 2000 in Sydney, when Aigars Apinis took bronze in both the discus and the shot put (F52 category). Latvia's third medal of the Sydney Games was also a bronze, through Armands Lizbovskis in the long jump (F13). These were Lizbovskis' third and last Games. In 2004, Apinis became Latvia's first Paralympic champion when he won the F52 discus event, establishing a new Paralympic record with a throw of 18.98m. At the same Games, Edgars Bergs took silver in the shot put and bronze in the discus (F35). In 2008, Apinis and Bergs were again Latvia's sole medal winners. The former won gold in the discus (with a world record throw of 20.47m) and silver in the shot put (F33/34/52), while the latter also won silver in the shot put (F35/36). Until, the 2016 Games, Apinis remained as Latvia's only Paralympic champion to date.[3]

Medal tallies

Summer Paralympics

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1992 Summer Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
1996 Summer Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
2000 Summer Paralympics 0 0 3 3 63rd
2004 Summer Paralympics 1 1 1 3 52nd
2008 Summer Paralympics 1 2 0 3 45th
2012 Summer Paralympics 1 1 0 2 47th
2016 Summer Paralympics 2 0 2 4 45th
2020 Summer Paralympics 0 3 2 5 66th
Total: 5 7 8 20

Winter Paralympics

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1994 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
2006 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -

List of medalists

Summer Olympics

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Bronze Aigars Apinis Australia 2000 Sydney
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Men's discus throw F52
 Bronze Armands Ližbovskis Australia 2000 Sydney
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Athletics
Men's long jump F13
 Bronze Aigars Apinis Australia 2000 Sydney
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Athletics
Men's shot put F52
 Gold Aigars Apinis Greece 2004 Athens
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Athletics
Men's discus throw F52
 Silver Edgars Bergs Greece 2004 Athens
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Athletics
Men's shot put F35
 Bronze Edgars Bergs Greece 2004 Athens
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Athletics
Men's discus throw F35
 Gold Aigars Apinis China 2008 Beijing
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Athletics
Men's discus throw F33/F34/F52
 Silver Aigars Apinis China 2008 Beijing
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Athletics
Men's shot put F33/F34/F52
 Silver Edgars Bergs China 2008 Beijing
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Athletics
Men's shot put F35/F36
 Gold Aigars Apinis United Kingdom 2012 London
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Athletics
Men's shot put F52-53
 Silver Aigars Apinis United Kingdom 2012 London
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Athletics
Men's discus throw F51-53
 Gold Aigars Apinis Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Athletics
Men's discus throw F51-52
 Gold Diāna Dadzīte Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Athletics
Women's javelin throw F55-56
 Bronze Edgars Bergs Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Athletics
Men's shot put F35
 Bronze Diāna Dadzīte Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Athletics
Women's discus throw F55

See also

References

  1. ^ Latvia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ Latvia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ Latvia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee