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Jonni Myyrä

Full name: Joonas "Jonni" Myyrä
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: July 13, 1892 in Savitaipale, Etelä-Karjala, Finland
Died: January 22, 1955 in San Francisco, California, United States
Affiliations: Partakosken Into, Savitaipale (FIN) / Savitaipaleen Urheilijat, Savitaipale (FIN) / Lahden Ahkera, Lahti (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Jonni Myyrä, the best javelin thrower of the world in the early 1920s, made his international début before the World War I, at the 1912 Olympics, where he placed eighth. After the war, Myyrä won his only two Finnish javelin titles in 1917 and 1918. In 1919, Myyrä threw his only ratified world record 66.10 m, a mark that stood until 1924. Later, Myyrä would better his official world record several times, but they were never ratified for various reasons, including his eventual personal best of 68.55, thrown in Richmond, Virginia in 1925. At the 1920 Olympics, Myyrä was resting on the grass before the javelin competition when his left, non-throwing arm, was struck near the elbow by American James Lincoln's warm-up throw. Despite that Myyrä managed to throw 60.63 during the first three rounds, enough to advance him to the evening final. On his fifth throw (his second throw of the final) Myyrä threw a new Olympic record of 65.78 m to win the gold. Four years later, at the 1924 Olympics, Myyrä successfully defended his title. After the 1924 Olympics, Myyrä emigrated to the United States and settled in San Francisco, California.

Personal Bests: DT – 44.57 (1926); JT – 68.55 (1925).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Finland FIN 8
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 12 QR
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Finland FIN 1 Gold OR
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Pentathlon Finland FIN AC DNF
1924 Summer 31 Paris Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 12 QR
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 12 37.000

Men's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 8 51.33
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 8 51.33
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B 1 51.33
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1 48.77
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 51.33
1912 Summer 19 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP foul
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 OR 65.780
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round 1 OR 65.780
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 3 QU 60.630
1924 Summer 31 Paris Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 62.96
1924 Summer 31 Paris Athletics Finland Final Round 1 62.96
1924 Summer 31 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 2 QU 59.30
1924 Summer 31 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A 2 59.30

Men's Pentathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings AC DNF
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Long jump 16 5.800