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Ville Pörhölä

Full name: Frans Wilhelm "Ville" Pörhölä (Horneman-)
Nickname(s): Röyttän karhu, Peräpohjolan peto, Mörssäri, Fransu
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 90-105 kg
Born: December 24, 1897 in Raumo, Tornio, Lappi, Finland
Died: November 28, 1964 in Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Oulun Pyrintö, Oulu (FIN) / Kuopion Urheilu-Veikot, Kuopio (FIN) / Kajaanin Kipinä, Kajaani (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Ville Pörhölä took part in four Olympic Games from 1920 to 1936, winning one gold and one silver medal. He changed his Swedish birth name of Horneman before the start of his competitive career into the Finnish Pörhölä. His nickname was the “Bear from Röyttä,” his home island. Pörhölä started as a shot putter, weight and discus thrower, turning to the hammer throw in 1929. With Pat O'Callaghan absent, Pörhölä won the title in the hammer throw at the first European Championships in 1934. His trademark was a cap that he always wore in competitions. From 1946-50 he was President of the Sports Federation of Lapland. He worked for a large Finnish timber company, eventually as Managing Director.

Personal Bests\: SP – 14.87 (1925); DT – 41.48 (1920); HT – 53.77 (1931).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Shot Put Finland FIN 1 Gold
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 56-pound Weight Throw Finland FIN 9 QR
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 8 QR
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Men's Shot Put Finland FIN 7
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Finland FIN 2 Silver
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Finland FIN 11

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 14.810
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round 1 14.810
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round Round One NP 13.915
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two NP 14.255
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three NP 14.810
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 3 QU 14.035
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Final Standings 7 14.100
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 7 14.100
1924 Summer 26 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A 3 14.100

Men's 56-pound Weight Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 9 QR
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 9 8.850

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 8 QR
1920 Summer 22 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 8 38.190

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BM
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Standings 2 52.27
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round One 1 51.27
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two 1 52.27 52.27
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three 1 foul 52.27
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Four 1 foul 52.27
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Five 1 50.86 52.27
1932 Summer 34 Los Angeles Athletics Finland Final Round Round Six NP 51.76
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round 11 49.89
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round Round One 12 45.35
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two 15 foul
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three 11 49.89
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Athletics Finland Qualifying Round NP QU
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