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Pentti Linnosvuo

Full name: Pentti Tapio Aleksi Linnosvuo (Lindroos-)
Nickname(s): Pena, Pena Suuri
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: March 17, 1933 in Vaasa, Pohjanmaa, Finland
Died: July 13, 2010 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Although born in Vaasa, Pentti Linnosvuo grew up in Helsinki and as a youth played ice hockey with HJK, and basketball and football with Viiputin Sudet. Linnosvuo took up shooting when he was 15-years-old. He started as a rifle shooter, but soon switched to pistol shooting because he was left-handed. In 1951, at 18-years-old, Linnosvuo won his first Finnish title. He would win 15 more Finnish titles between 1952 and 1967. At the 1952 Olympics, Linnosvuo established himself as one of the World’s top pistol shooters by finishing fifth in the rapid-fire pistol. Linnosvuo competed in four more Olympics and won golds in 1956 in free pistol and in 1964 in the rapid-fire pistol, and a silver in 1960 in the rapid-fire pistol event. He was also the Finnish flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 1968 Olympics. Linnosvuo competed in five World Championships, but was successful only in his first World Championships in 1954 in Venezuela, where he won gold in Venezuela-pistol team event and bronzes in individual and team rapid-fire pistol events. Linnosvuo also won the free pistol at the 1957 Nordic Championships and the rapid-fire pistol at the 1954, 1957, 1961, 1963 and 1973 Nordic Championships. From 1957-65 Linnosvuo worked with S Group (S-ryhmä), a Finnish retailing cooperative organization and from 1965 until his retirement he worked with M-real Corporation, a Finnish pulp and paper company. Linnosvuo also worked as a pistol coach with the Finnish, West German, Swiss and Norwegian national teams. From 1983-99 he was the president of the Finnish Hunting Association and from 1995-98 was the chairman of the Finnish Olympic Winners Association.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Shooting Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres Finland FIN 5
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Shooting Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres Finland FIN 4
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Shooting Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold OR
1960 Summer 27 Roma Shooting Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres Finland FIN 2 Silver =OR
1960 Summer 27 Roma Shooting Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres Finland FIN 13
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Shooting Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold OR
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Shooting Mixed Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres Finland FIN 11

Mixed Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 587 296 291

Men's Rapid-Fire Pistol, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS R1TH R2TH R1P R2P R1TH SO
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 60 577 30 30 289 288
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 60 581 30 290 291 30
1960 Summer 27 Roma Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 587 294 293 139
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 592 297 295

Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 556 90 95 91 94 93 93
1960 Summer 27 Roma Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 539
1960 Summer 27 Roma Shooting Finland FIN Final Round 539 94 79 91 93 94 88
1960 Summer 27 Roma Shooting Finland FIN Qualifying Round Group Two 363 93 92 95 83