August 4, 2008 / 1:18 PM / 11 years ago

Dog poo stops discus champion's training

Lithuania's Olympic hopeful athlete Virgilijus Alekna competes at a discus throw event in Kaunas, June 8, 2008. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Two-time Olympic discus champion Virgilijus Alekna encountered an unusual problem at a final pre-Beijing training session in Lithuania at the weekend — his practice venue was covered in dog poo.

“Dogs were doing what animals usually do, defecating and peeing,” the professional bodyguard told Lithuanian daily Lietuvos zinios after the stadium he was using to train was used for a dog show on Sunday.

“There were lots of dogs and they have left lots of things behind ... and nobody even tried to collect them.

“I have no idea how can I train in such conditions ... and who would clean the discus after every throw.”

Alekna said he was looking for another training ground, probably in Kaunas, about 100 km from the capital Vilnius.

The 36-year-old won the discus at Sydney in 2000 and Athens four years ago.

Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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