Full name: Robertas Å½ulpa
Other name(s): Robertas Rimantovich Zhulpa, Ð Ð¾Ð±ÐµÑÑÐ°Ñ Ð Ð¸Ð¼Ð°Ð½ÑÐ¾Ð²Ð¸Ñ ÐÑÐ»Ð¿Ð°
Height: 6-3.5 (193 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: March 23, 1960 in Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania
Affiliations: Å½algiris Vilnius, Vilnius (LTU)
Country: Soviet Union
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Robertas Å½ulpa from Lithuania and [Arsens Miskarovs] from Latvia were the best Soviet breaststroke swimmers in the early 1980s. Å½ulpa made his international dÃ©but at the 1978 World Championships, where he was fifth in the 200 breaststroke. Next, Å½ulpa competed at the 1980 Olympics where, somewhat surprisingly, he won gold in the 200 metre breaststroke, but did not advance to the final of the 100. At the 1981 European Championships Å½ulpa won gold in the 200 breaststroke and, at the 1983 European Championships, he won gold in the 100 breast and medley relay and bronze in the 200 breast. Å½ulpa also won silver in the 200 breaststroke at the 1982 World Championships. Domestically, at the Soviet championships, Å½ulpa won three Soviet titles (200 breaststroke in 1979, 1981 and 1983), one silver (1983 100 breaststroke) and four bronze medals (200 breast in 1978 and 1984, 1981 100 breast, and 1979 400 IM). He was also a six-time Lithuanian SSR champion between 1977-83. After finishing his sporting career, Å½ulpa worked as a swimming coach, first in his native Lithuania and since 1988 in Italy. He has also worked as an Italian-Russian and Italian-Lithuanian translator.
Personal Best: 100 m breaststroke â 1:03.32 (1982); 200 m breaststroke â 2:15.36 (1980).
|1980 Summer||20||Moskva||Swimming||Men's 100 metres Breaststroke||Soviet Union||URS||3 h1 r1/2|
|1980 Summer||20||Moskva||Swimming||Men's 200 metres Breaststroke||Soviet Union||URS||1||Gold|
|1980 Summer||20||Moskva||Swimming||Soviet Union||Round One||Heat One||3||1:06.23||31.67||4||34.56 (1)|
|1980 Summer||20||Moskva||Swimming||Soviet Union||Final||1||2:15.85||31.44||1||1:05.94||1||1:40.52||1||34.50 (1)||34.58 (1)||35.33 (2)|
|1980 Summer||20||Moskva||Swimming||Soviet Union||Round One||Heat Three||1||Q||2:17.83||31.76||2||1:06.69||1||1:42.00||1||34.93 (1)||35.31 (1)||35.83 (1)|