|Born||3 April 1979|
|Achievements and titles|
|Regional finals||1st, 2010|
|National finals|| 1st, 2000 |
2nd, 2001, 2009
Živilė Balčiūnaitė (born 3 April 1979in Vilnius) is a Lithuanian long-distance runner. Balčiūnaitė finished 4th at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg. She also competed in the same event at the 2004 Olympics, finishing 14th. She finished 11th at the 2008 Olympics.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and its largest city, with a population of 574,147 as of 2018. Vilnius is in the southeast part of Lithuania and is the second largest city in the Baltic states. Vilnius is the seat of the main government institutions of Lithuania and the Vilnius District Municipality. Vilnius is classified as a Gamma global city according to GaWC studies, and is known for the architecture in its Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Before World War II, Vilnius was one of the largest Jewish centres in Europe. Its Jewish influence has led to it being described as the "Jerusalem of Lithuania" and Napoleon named it "the Jerusalem of the North" as he was passing through in 1812. In 2009, Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture, together with the Austrian city of Linz.
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The 19th European Athletics Championships were held in Gothenburg, Sweden, between 7 August and 13 August 2006. The competition arena was the Ullevi Stadium and the official motto "Catch the Spirit". Gothenburg also hosted the 1995 World Championships in Athletics, and Stockholm, Sweden's capital, hosted 1958 European Athletics Championships.
In April 2011, the Athletics Federation of Lithuania announced Balčiūnaitė has been banned for two years for a positive drug test and will be stripped of her gold medal from Barcelona. Balčiūnaitė has said she is innocent and said the positive drug test was a result of a drug prescription by her gynecologist, however the anti doping rules state that every athlete is responsible for their own medical use.
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|1998||World Junior Championships||Annecy, France||10th||3000 m||9:34.01|
|1999||European U23 Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||5th||10,000 m||33:47.13|
|2001||European U23 Championships||Amsterdam, Netherlands||5th||10,000 m||34:04.34|
|2004||2004 Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||14th||Marathon||2:35:01|
|2006||2006 European Championships in Athletics||Gothenburg, Sweden||4th||Marathon||2:31:01|
|2007||2007 World Championships in Athletics||Osaka, Japan||33rd||Marathon||2:43:28|
|2008||2008 Olympic Games||Beijing, China||11th||Marathon||2:29:33|
|2009||2009 World Championships in Athletics||Berlin, Germany||19th||Marathon||2:31:06|
|2010||2010 European Championships in Athletics||Barcelona, Spain||dq||Marathon||2:31:14|
|2013||2013 World Championships in Athletics||Moscow, Russia||20th||Marathon||2:41:09 SB|
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