Decorated Lithuanian discus thrower who earned Olympic gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Summer games.
He made his major competitive debut with a 17th place finish at the 1999 European Championships.
He made history by winning the Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year award for the fourth time in 2006.
He has two sons, Martynas and Mykolas, with retired long jumper Kristina Sablovskyte-Alekniene.
He is a winner of the Lithuanian Sportsperson of the Year award, which Ruta Meilutyte also won in 2012.