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Paavo Nurmi

Full name: Paavo Johannes Nurmi
Nickname(s): Lentävä suomalainen, Haamusuomalainen, Suuri vaikenija
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: June 13, 1897 in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi, Finland
Died: October 2, 1973 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Affiliations: Turun Urheiluliitto, Turku (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 9 Gold, 3 Silver (12 Total)

Biography

Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi, was an Olympic legend whose dedication to a rigorous training schedule and mastery of pace judgment brought a new dimension to distance running. Between 1920 and 1928 he won a record nine Olympic gold medals (seven individual; two team) and three individual silver medals. His medals came in a wide range of events: 1,500 metres, 3,000 metres (team), 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres, steeplechase and cross-country. In 1932, he was banned for alleged professionalism and missed the chance to add the 1932 marathon, for which he was one of the favorites, to his list of Olympic successes. Although subsequently reinstated as an amateur for domestic races, he continued to be excluded from international competition, a decision that left him embittered for the rest of his life. However, he returned to the Olympic arena in 1952 when he carried the torch into the Opening Ceremony. The incomparable "Flying Finn" set 22 official and 13 unofficial world records, and statues (done by Wäinö Aaltonen in 1925) honoring his feats stand in his hometown of Turku, outside the Olympic stadium in Helsinki, and in the park of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:52.6 (1924); 3000 – 8:20.4 (1926); 5000 – 14:28.2 (1924); 10000 – 30:06.1 (1924); 3000S – 9:31.2e (1928).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Individual Finland FIN 1 Gold
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Team Finland FIN 1 Gold
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold OR
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold OR
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's 3,000 metres, Team Finland FIN 1 Gold
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Individual Finland FIN 1 Gold
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Team Finland FIN 1 Gold
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold OR
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Finland FIN 2 Silver

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Final 1 OR 3:53.6
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:07.6

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final 2 15:00.0
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Round One Heat Three 2 QU 15:33.0
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Final 1 OR 14:31.2
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Round One Heat Two 1 QU 15:28.6
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Finland Final 2 14:40.0
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Finland Round One Heat Three 4 QU 15:08.0

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final 1 31:45.8
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Round One Heat One 2 QU 33:46.3est 30 m. bh1
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 OR 30:18.8

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Finland Final 2 9:31.2
1928 Summer 30 Amsterdam Athletics Finland Round One Heat Two 1 QU 9:58.8

Men's 3,000 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP T ST
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland FIN Final Standings 1 8 1 8:32.0
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland FIN Final 1 8 1 8:32.0
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland FIN Round One Heat One 1 QU 6 1 8:47.8

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 27:15.0
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 32:54.8

Men's Cross-Country, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP ST
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland FIN Final Standings 1 10 1 27:15.0
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland FIN Final Standings 1 11 1
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