2008 Sportsman of the Year


Photo: Maris GRENINS

Flag: Latvia Latvia (LAT)


Maris won 4 gold medals at the 1st World Deaf Athletics Championships in Izmir, Turkey in August 2008 and he made one world record in 110m hurdles, beating the Vyacheslav Skomorokhov's record set almost 40 years ago in Belgrade 1969. Maris produced many good results and the 4 gold this year was the ultimate achievement.

  • Long Jump – Gold Medal 7.67m
  • Triple Jump – Gold Medal 14.88m
  • 100m – Gold Medal 10.68
  • 110m Hurdles – Gold Medal 14.44

Other top finishers in this ranking order:

MORGAN Craig flag: Australia AUSSwimming
GARCIA ABREU Jesus flag: Venezuela VENAthletics
LANDAR Alexey flag: Russian Federation RUSAthletics
BOKLER Avi flag: Israel ISRKarate
BISCHLAGER Christoph flag: Germany GERAthletics
MATHE Gabor flag: Hungary HUNTennis
ER Huseyin flag: Turkey TURFootball
JONARD Cyril flag: France FRAJudo
HEMBROUGH Joshua flag: United States USAAthletics