Janis DALINS

 Lettonie LAT

  • Médailles
    1 A
  • Participations
    2
  • Première participation
    Los Angeles 1932
  • Année de naissance
    1904
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Janis DALINS

Jānis Dāliņš started quite late with his sport, participating in his first race at the age of 22, but much to everybody’s surprise, he won the race beating the Latvian record holder. Only a few months later he set his first Latvian record over the 5K distance. He competed in his first international race in 1929 in Berlin. Thanks to his international success, race walking became quite popular in Latvia. In a track race in Rīga in June 1932, he set his first world record in a 25-mile race. In Los Angeles, he was one of only two athletes from the country, and Dāliņš was the first Latvian to win an Olympic medal for his country. His second major success came in 1934 at the first European Athletics Championships in Torino, where he won the title by a great margin. In 1936 he was a heavy favorite in the Olympic 50 km, and led the race at 30 km, but had to abandon the race at 35 km due to problems with his legs.

After the Berlin Olympics Dāliņš focused more on his farm and family but was still planning to participate in the 1940 Helsinki Games. In 1942, he won his last Latvian title during the German occupation. In 1944, he fled with his family from the Soviet invasion to Germany, and won his last race in 1947 in Nürnberg. Five years later he went to Australia, where he worked as a carpenter first in the rural town of Benalla and later in Melbourne. Even before the restoration of Latvian independence in 1991, the stadium in his hometown of Valmiera as well as the street running along the stadium was named after him.

Personal Best\: 50kmW – 4-37:50 (1939).

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Berlin 1936

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