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2019.08.30 11:00

Arvydas Sabonis named Lithuania's most influential sports figure

BNS 2019.08.30 11:00

Lithuania's basketball legend Arvydas Sabonis has been named Lithuania's most influential sports figure for the third year in a row, according to the traditional poll of experts released by the Delfi.lt online news site on Friday. 

Žalgiris Kaunas coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius came in second, followed by Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, the president of the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee, in third place.

The top three ranking is unchanged from last year.

They scored 650, 561 and 398 points, respectively, in the poll conducted by the Reitingai magazine.

Rally driver Benediktas Vanagas, Olympic champions Virgilijus Alekna and Rūta Meilutytė, basketball player Jonas Valančiūnas, tennis player Ričardas Berankis, Olympic champion Laura Asadauskaitė-Zadneprovskienė, and Paralympic champion Mindaugas Bilius also made it to the top ten list.

The Reitingai magazine polled 1,013 opinion leaders between June 20 and July 20. The survey was commissioned by Delfi.lt.

A separate public opinion poll carried out by the pollster Spinter Tyrimai also put Sabonis at the top, followed by Jasikevičius and Alekna.