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Eero Lehtonen

Full name: Eero Reino Lehtonen
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: April 21, 1898 in Mikkeli, Etelä-Savo, Finland
Died: November 9, 1959 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Affiliations: Mikkelin Kilpa-Veikot, Mikkeli (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother-in-law of Martti Jukola.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Eero Lehtonen started athletics as a schoolboy. At the age of 18 he earned his first podium at the Finnish Championships in the pentathlon. In 1920 he was national champion in the pentathlon and long jump, setting a new national long jump record of 7.02. He won the Olympic pentathlon in 1920 and 1924, the last two times it was held. In Antwerpen he also tackled his only decathlon but retired after five events. After the 1920 Olympics Lehtonen briefly retired to concentrate on his professional career, but returned in 1922, again winning the Finnish Championships in long jump and pentathlon. In 1924, he won a third title in the long jump. For Paris he was again well-prepared, beating Hungarian [Elemér Somfay] and American [Bob LeGendre], who had set a world record in the long jump during the pentathlon. Lehtonen ended his career when the pentathlon was dropped from the 1928 Olympic Programme. His hometown of Mikkeli unveiled a bronze statue in his honor in 1984. He was a forester by profession and worked for the state-owned forestry.

Personal Bests\: 400 – 53.0 (1924); LJ – 7.02 (1920); Pen – 3416 (1924); Dec – no result.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Long Jump Finland FIN 16 QR
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Pentathlon Finland FIN 1 Gold
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Decathlon Finland FIN AC DNF
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Finland FIN 3 h2 r1/2
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Pentathlon Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland FIN Round One Heat Two 3 3:32,2

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 16 QR
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 16 6.285

Men's Pentathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O D T
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 14
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Long jump 2 6.635
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Discus throw 2 54.67
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland 200 metres 1T 23.0
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland 200 metres Heat One 1 23.0
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Javelin throw 7 34.64
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland 1,500 metres 2 4:40.2
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 14
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Long jump 7 6.680
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Discus throw 1 40.44
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland 200 metres 1T 23.0
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland 200 metres Heat Four 1 23.0
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Javelin throw 5 50.93
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland 1,500 metres 1 4:47.1

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T P(1912BT) P(1985T) D H
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings AC DNF
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland 100 metres 2T 11.6 762.0 683
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland 100 metres Heat Four 1 11.6 762.0 683
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Long jump 1 743.975 709 6.555
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Shot put 15 532 525 10.66
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland High jump 19T 398 389 1.50
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland 400 metres 3 54.4 766.88 617
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland 400 metres Heat One 1 54.4 766.88 617
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