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Esko Saira

Full name: Esko Raimo Saira
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: June 14, 1938 in Lemi, Etelä-Karjala, Finland
Affiliations: Lemin Eskot, Lemi (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Biathlon

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Esko Saira made his international début at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games where he won a silver in the relay, which he would also repeat at the next Olympics. Individually he was sixth in the 20 km at both of those Olympics. Saira won his only individual international medal at the 1975 World Championships, when he won a bronze in the 20 km. Saira was very successful at the Nordic Championships, where he won six gold medals – two in the individual 20 km in 1973 and 1975 and four in the relay in 1971, 1973, and 1975-76. Saira also won two Finnish titles in biathlon – in 1972 in the 20 km and in 1975 in the 10 km and two Finnish titles in modern triathlon, which consists of running, swimming and shooting, in 1969 and 1970.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 33 Sapporo Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Finland FIN 6
1972 Winter 33 Sapporo Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 2 Silver
1976 Winter 37 Innsbruck Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Finland FIN 6
1976 Winter 37 Innsbruck Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 2 Silver

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT P ST SR S1P S1T S1R S2P S2T S2R S3P S3T S3R S4P S4T S4R
1972 Winter 33 Sapporo Biathlon Finland Final Standings 6 1-17:34.80 5 1-12:34.80 1 2 18:33.74 22 1 35:50.02 11 1 52:11.66 8 1 1-09:27.73 6
1976 Winter 37 Innsbruck Biathlon Finland Final Standings 6 1-17:32.84 2 1-15:32.84 15 0 15:57.19 5 0 33:54.16 6 0 51:11.43 6 2 1-11:19.68 5

Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M ES S1M S1ES S2M S2ES ET ER
1972 Winter 33 Sapporo Biathlon Finland FIN Final Standings 2 28:52.04 1 3 0 0 1 3 28:52.04 8
1976 Winter 37 Innsbruck Biathlon Finland FIN Final Standings 2 29:12.47 0 0 0 1-01:12.66 2
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