The Latvian record (5.80) from the 1987 Soviet Championships in Bryansk belongs to Aleksandar Obizhaev. 5.70 meters was overcome by Marek Arents in the competition in Jablonec in 2016. In the same year, this height was also overcome indoors by Pauls Pujāts, who reached the final with 5.60 meters in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he stayed without a result. Why this list? Because no one in Latvia has jumped higher than these three men, and 19-year-old Kreiš came closer than anyone else. In two and a half years, Valters improved his personal record by 1.75 meters, during this season – by 45 centimeters.
He grew up in Bieriņi and was involved in sports from an early age. Ride a bike, basketball, football, Floorball, skiing, snowboard, roller skatesfinally too Athletics. In all these sports, he attended training sessions or clubs organized by the school, or simply spent time with his friends. At the end of the 7th grade, he focused on athletics, in the summer he worked with a private trainer, but he started the 8th grade already as an all-rounder. Murjani sports gymnasium.
“Mostly it was my father Raimond’s decision, but I also wanted to change the environment,” Kreiš says of moving to Murjānai. He does not want to agree that his parents would not end with him, but he does not deny that he really was involved in various problems and also loved it. Not so long ago, Valter’s head was decorated with dreadlocks, but the coach made it look like they were in pole rather a nuisance. “I generally like long hair, I had dreadlocks for years. Does that mean I listened to reggae and smoked weed? I won’t comment…”
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