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Matti Järvinen

Full name: Matti Henrikki Järvinen
Nickname(s): Maailman-Matti
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: February 18, 1909 in Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Died: July 22, 1985 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Affiliations: Kerkkoon Nuorisoseuran Urheilijat/Helsingin Kisa-Veikot
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Akilles Järvinen; Brother of Kalle Järvinen; Son of Verner Järvinen.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Matti Järvinen dominated javelin throwing from 1930-36, setting 10 world records in that period. To win the Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles 1932 he never took off his sweat pants. He was hampered by a back injury when he placed fifth in 1936. He was 1934 and 1938 European champion, the first title with a world record of 76.66, and he won eight Finnish championship titles. His father was the legendary Verner Järvinen and all his brothers were outstanding athletes including Olympians Kalle Järvinen and Akilles Järvinen.

In 1939, Matti Järvinen served in the Winter War on the Karelian Isthmus and trained soldiers to throw hand grenades. After the war he became a prominent economic adviser and was executive director of Otaniemi Sports Foundation. When he finished his active career in 1945, Finland’s Post Office honored him with a stamp showing his image.

Personal Best\: JT – 77.23 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Finland FIN 1 Gold OR
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Finland FIN 5

Men's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BM
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 OR 72.71
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round One 1 OR 71.25
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two 1 70.42 70.42
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three 1 OR 72.71 72.71
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Four 1 71.31 72.71
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Five 1 72.56 72.71
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Six NP 67.93
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round 5 69.18
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round Round One NP 68.30
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two NP 69.18
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three NP foul
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round Round Four NP 64.00est
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round Round Five NP foul
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round Round Six NP 66.00est
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 3 QU 66.0est
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Round One NP 66.0est
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