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Arvo Aaltonen

Full name: Arvo Ossian Aaltonen
Gender: Male
Born: December 2, 1889 in Pori, Satakunta, Finland
Died: June 17, 1949 in Pori, Satakunta, Finland
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

In 1920 Arvo Aaltonen became the first Finnish Olympic medalist in swimming and would remain the sole Finnish Olympic swimming medalist until Antti Kasvio won a bronze in the 200 freestyle in 1992. Aaltonen, a breaststroke specialist, also competed at the 1912 Olympics, where he was last in his 200 breaststroke semi-final and third in his 400 breaststroke semifinal. In 1920 Aaltonen won bronze behind two Swedes Håkan Malmrot and Thor Henning in both breaststroke events on the Olympic Programme, 200 and 400 metres, and he also competed at the 1924 Olympics. At the Nordic Championships, Aaltonen won gold in the 200 breaststroke in 1923 and silver in the 200 breaststroke in 1919 and 1927. Domestically, Aaltonen won 22 Finnish titles: 100 breaststroke – 1912, 1915-17; 200 breaststroke – 1909, 1911-13, 1915-16, 1919-21, 1923, 1925-27; and 400 breaststroke – 1912-13, 1915-17. Aaltonen was a board member of the Finnish Swimming Federation from 1924-30 and 1946-47. After finishing his sporting career, Aaltonen emigrated to Canada in 1929, but returned to Finland in 1937.

Personal Best: 100 m breaststroke – 1:23.1 (1919); 200 m breaststroke – 2:58.9 (1925); 400 m breaststroke – 6:25.4 (1913).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Finland FIN 6 h1 r2/3
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Men's 400 metres Breaststroke Finland FIN 3 h2 r2/3
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 400 metres Breaststroke Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 34 Paris Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Finland FIN 4 h2 r1/3

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Finland Semi-Finals Heat One 6 3:17.0
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Finland Round One Heat Two 2 QU 3:13.0
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Swimming Finland Final 3 3:12.2
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Swimming Finland Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 3:12.4
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Swimming Finland Round One Heat Three 2 QU 3:11.6
1924 Summer 34 Paris Swimming Finland Round One Heat Two 4 3:11.0

Men's 400 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Finland Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 6:56.8
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Finland Round One Heat Four 2 QU 6:48.8
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Swimming Finland Final 3 6:48.0
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Swimming Finland Semi-Finals Heat Two 1T QU 6:45.0
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Swimming Finland Round One Heat Two 2 QU 6:50.0