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Volmari Iso-Hollo

Full name: Volmari Fritijof Iso-Hollo (Hollo-)
Nickname(s): Iso, Vomma, Hollolan raju, Iron Man
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: May 1, 1907 in Ylöjärvi, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Died: June 23, 1969 in Heinola, Päijät-Häme, Finland
Affiliations: HT, Helsinki (FIN) / Keravan Urheilijat, Kerava (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

As a youth, Volmari Iso-Hollo did skiing, gymnastics and boxing, taking up running only after he joined the Army. He was successful in a wide range of events, running all distances between 400 metres and the marathon. Iso-Hollo won his first international races in 1928, when he won both the 3,000 and 5,000 m at the 1928 Workers' Olympiad. He won his first Olympic gold medal in the steeplechase at the 1932 Summer Olympics. He was denied a chance at the world record because the officials lost count of the number of laps, as the official lap-counter was looking the other way, watching the decathlon pole vault. When Iso-Hollo went to his last lap, the official failed to ring the bell, and the entire field kept on running and so the finishing distance was 3,460 m. If the distance were 3,000 m, Iso-Hollo would likely have broken the world record. He also won silver in the 10K in Los Angeles. In 1933, Iso-Hollo did break the 3,000 metre steeplechase world record, running 9:09.4 in Lahti and went to the 1936 Summer Olympics as the favorite. At Berlin, Iso-Hollo won the steeplechase by three seconds, finishing in the world record time of 9:03.8. Iso-Hollo added a bronze in the 10K to complete a set of Olympic medals. Iso-Hollo also won six Finnish titles – in 5,000 metres in 1933, the steeplechase in 1936, in cross-country in 1932 and 1936 and in team cross-country in 1930 and 1933. After the 1936 Olympics, Iso-Hollo fell ill with rheumatism, but competed until 1945.

Personal Bests: 10000 – 30:12.6 (1932); 3000S – 9:03.8 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Finland FIN 1 Gold
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Finland FIN 1 Gold WR

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T T(H)
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Standings 2 30:12.6
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Standings 3 30:20.2

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final 1 10:33.4
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 9:14.6
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Athletics Finland Final 1 WR 9:03.8
1936 Summer 29 Berlin Athletics Finland Round One Heat Two 1 QU 9:34.0
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