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Six athletes will represent Lithuania in canoeing races in the upcoming Olympic Games that will start this in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.

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Ignas Navakauskas
Ignas Navakauskas
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All the six will hope to repeat the achievement of Jevgenijus Šuklinas who won Olympic silver in London Olympics in 2014.

One of the favourites for a medal is 26-year-old Ignas Navakauskas who will compete in the K-1 event for 200 meters. Recently, the Lithuanian took the bronze medal in the European championships in Moscow, Russia. In 2013, Navakauskas won gold at the Universiade.

Another Lithuanian hopeful in Rio is 22-year-old Henrikas Žustautas who will race in the C-1 200m event. During the European championships in Moscow earlier this season, Žustautas took silver, which will give him a lot of confidence in Brazil.

Henrikas Žustautas
Henrikas Žustautas
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Despite his young age, Žustautas is an experienced athlete. In 2015, at the European Games in Baku, he crossed the finish line first and won gold while in the world U-23 championships that took place in Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal, Žustautas won another gold.

The young Lithuanian had won another gold a year earlier in the same event that took place in Szeged, Hungary.

Aurimas Lankas, 30, and Edvinas Ramanauskas, 30, will join forces in the K-2 200m event. During the European championships in 2015 that took place in Račice, the Czech Republic, the two won the bronze medal and repeated their achievement from the 2014 European championships in Brandenburg, Germany.

Aurimas Lankas ir Edvinas Ramanauskas
Aurimas Lankas ir Edvinas Ramanauskas
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In K-2 1000m event, Lithuania will be represented by 29-year-old Ričardas Nekriošius and 28-year-old Andrej Olijnik. One of the main achievements of the two was the silver medal in world championships in 2011 that took place in Szeged, Hungary. Both hope that their experience will help them climb on the podium in Rio de Janeiro.

Ričardas Nekriošius ir Andrejus Olijnikas
Ričardas Nekriošius ir Andrejus Olijnikas
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