Former Lithuanian basketball player Arvydas Sabonis, who previously led the country's basketball federation, has been named the most influential sports figure in Lithuania, according to a survey by Spinter Tyrimai for the delfi.lt news website, published on Friday.
Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Arvydas Sabonis, Rūta Meilutytė, Virgilijus Alekna
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Former discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna, now an MP, came in second in the public poll, followed by swimmer Rūta Meilutytė.

Žalgiris Kaunas coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Daina Gudzinavičiūtė, president of the Lithuanian International Olympic Committee, tennis player Ričardas Berankis, Toronto Raptors player Jonas Valančiūnas, former basketball player Linas Kleiza, now a stakeholder in the Vilnius BC Rytas, racer Benediktas Vanagas and weightlifter Žydrūnas Savickas also got into the TOP-10.

A separate elite survey by magazine Reitingai showed that Sabonis is also considered the most influential sports figure in Lithuania. He is followed by Jasikevičius, Meilutytė, Alekna, Gudzinavičiūte, Vanagas, Valančiūnas, Berankis, and basketball coaches Vladas Garastas and Jonas Kazlauskas.

Spinter Tyrimai carried out its survey of 1,003 people for delfi.lt on June 19-27.

Reitingai polled 861 representatives of the elite on May 14-June 7.

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