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Verner Järvinen

Full name: Venne "Verner" Järvinen
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: March 4, 1870 in Ruovesi, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Died: January 31, 1941 in Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Helsingin Unitas, Helsinki (FIN) / Helsingin Reipas, Helsinki (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Father of Akilles Järvinen; Father of Kalle Järvinen; Father of Matti Järvinen.

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

In 1906, Verner Järvinen became the first Finn to win an Olympic gold. Järvinen took up sports, wrestling and the shot put and discus throw, when he joined the Army. During his career, Järvinen competed at three Olympics. In his first Olympics, in 1906, Järvinen was a solid medal candidate in multiple events. In the shot put he reportedly had the longest efforts, but was disqualified for throwing the shot. In the javelin he finished fifth behind four Swedes, less than a metre behind silver medalist Knut Lindberg. In the discus he finished third and then finally won gold in a Greek-style discus competition. At the 1908 Olympics, Järvinen finished third in the Greek-style discus and fourth in the regular discus. Järvinen appeared at the Olympics for one more time in 1912, this time competing only in the discus. At age 42, he finished 15th in the regular discus and 12th in the both hands competition. During his career, Järvinen also won three Finnish titles all of them in Greek-style discus throw in 1909-1911. Järvinen had four sons and three of them – Kalle, Akilles and Matti – would become noted Olympians in their own right. Kalle broke the European record in shot put in 1927 with a mark of 15.17, and competed in that event at the 1932 Olympics. Akilles was a two-time Olympic silver medalist (1928, 1932) and a world record holder in the decathlon. And Matti was a javelin thrower, who won the Olympic gold in 1932 and broke the world javelin record 10 times. All of the sons were originally coached by their father, Verner Järvinen.

Personal Bests: SP – 13.93 (1903); DT – 44.84 (1909); JT – 44.25 (1906).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Men's Shot Put Finland FIN AC
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Men's Stone Throw Finland FIN AC
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Men's Discus Throw, Greek Style Finland FIN 1 Gold
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle Finland FIN 5
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Men's Shot Put Finland FIN AC
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 4
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw, Greek Style Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle Finland FIN AC
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 15
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Men's Discus Throw, Both Hands Finland FIN 12

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Finland Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B AC

Men's Stone Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Finland Final Standings AC

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D D(M) D(I)
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Finland Final Standings 3 36.820
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Finland Round One NP 36.820
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Final Standings 4 39.43 129-4½
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 4 39.42 129-4
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group F 2 39.42 129-4
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 15 38.60
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 15 38.60
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B 3 38.60
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round One 5 34.15
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 3 38.60
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP foul

Men's Discus Throw, Greek Style

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D D(M) D(I)
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 35.170
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Finland Round One NP 34.470
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Finland Round Two NP 35.170
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Final Standings 3 36.48 119-8¼
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Final Round 3 36.48 119-8¼
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 3 QU 36.49 119-8¼
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group D 3 36.49 119-8¼

Men's Discus Throw, Both Hands

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TD RHD LHD
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 12 66.69 37.84 28.85
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 12 66.69 37.84 28.85
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B 4 66.69 37.84 28.85
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round One NP 37.84 27.88
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Two NP foul 28.85
1912 Summer 42 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP foul foul

Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1906 Summer 36 Athina Athletics Finland Final Standings 5 44.250
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 38 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group E AC