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Elmer Niklander

Full name: Elmer Konstantin Niklander
Nickname(s): Oitin kanuuna, Niku, Elmeri
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: January 19, 1890 in Rutajärvi, Hausjärvi, Kanta-Häme, Finland
Died: November 12, 1942 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Affiliations: Helsingin Reipas, Helsinki (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Elmer Niklander, the most prominent Finnish weight thrower in the 1910s and 1920s, had a long career lasting nearly 20 years. Niklander made his international début at the 1908 Olympics but won his first Olympic medals in 1912 – silver in both hands discus throw, and bronze in both hands shot put. At the 1920 Olympics, Niklander won gold in discus and silver in shot put and he also competed at the 1924 Olympics. Domestically, Niklander won a record 44 Finnish titles, 11 in both hands shot put (1909-10, 1912-18, 1920, 1924), 11 in both hands discus throw (1909-1918, 1920), seven in the shot put (1914-18, 1920, 1924), six in the hammer throw (1911, 1914-18), five in the discus throw (1914-18), two in Greek-style discus throw (1912-13), and two in the stone throw (1914, 1918). By profession, Niklander was a fire fighter.

Personal Bests: SP – 14.86 (1913); DT – 47.18 (1916).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Men's Shot Put Finland FIN AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Men's Discus Throw, Greek Style Finland FIN 9
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's Shot Put Finland FIN 4
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's Shot Put, Both Hands Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 4
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's Discus Throw, Both Hands Finland FIN 2 Silver
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Shot Put Finland FIN 2 Silver
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 56-pound Weight Throw Finland FIN 8 QR
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 1 Gold
1924 Summer 34 Paris Athletics Men's Shot Put Finland FIN 6
1924 Summer 34 Paris Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 7

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Finland Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group C AC
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 4 13.65
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round NP 13.65
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B 2 13.65
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round One 2 13.52
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 2 foul
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 13.65
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 2 14.155
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round 2 14.155
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round Round One NP 13.500
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two NP 14.080
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 1 QU 14.155
1924 Summer 34 Paris Athletics Finland Final Standings 6 14.265
1924 Summer 34 Paris Athletics Finland Final Round 6 14.265
1924 Summer 34 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 6 QU 14.265
1924 Summer 34 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B 3 14.265

Men's Shot Put, Both Hands

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TD RHD LHD
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 3 27.14 14.71 12.43
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round 3 27.14 14.71 12.43
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round One NP 13.55 12.42
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two NP foul foul
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three NP 14.71 foul
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round NP 26.67 14.24 12.43
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B 2 26.67 14.24 12.43
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round One NP 14.24 11.84
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Two NP foul foul
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP foul 12.43

Men's 56-pound Weight Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 8 QR
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 8 8.865

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Finland Final Standings AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round AC
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group E AC
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 4 42.09
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 4 42.09
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group C 1 42.09
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group C Round One 1 42.09
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group C Round Two 1 foul
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group C Round Three NP foul
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 44.685
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round 1 44.685
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 1 QU 44.685
1924 Summer 34 Paris Athletics Finland Final Standings 7 42.090
1924 Summer 34 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 7 42.090
1924 Summer 34 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B 3 42.090

Men's Discus Throw, Greek Style

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D(M) D(I)
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Finland Final Standings 9 32.46 106-6
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 9 32.46 106-6
1908 Summer 18 London Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group C 2 32.46 106-6

Men's Discus Throw, Both Hands

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TD RHD LHD
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 2 77.96 40.28 37.68
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round 2 77.96 40.28 37.68
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round One NP 37.04 33.10
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two NP 37.94 37.68
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three NP foul foul
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 3 72.05 40.28 31.77
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B 1 72.05 40.28 31.77
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round One NP foul 31.77
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Two NP 40.28 foul
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP MNK foul foul
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