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Ilmari Salminen

Full name: Ilmari R. Salminen
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (181 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: September 21, 1902 in Elimäki, Kouvola, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Died: January 5, 1986 in Kouvola, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Affiliations: Kouvolan Urheilijat, Kouvola (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Although taking up running only at 27-years-old, Ilmari Salminen was one of the best long distance runners of the 1930s. Salminen began his international athletics career in 1934 by winning the 10,000 and taking bronze in the 5,000 at the first European Championships, thus becoming a main favorite for the 1936 Olympic 10K. At the Berlin Olympics Salminen at first took sixth place in the 5K final, and the next day won over Arvo Askola, another Finn, in the 10K final, by only 0.2 seconds. In 1937 Salminen ran a 10,000 metre world record of 30:05.6 at Kouvola on 18 July. Salminen finished his international career by winning the gold medal in the 10K at the 1938 European Championships. Domestically, Salminen won six Finnish titles, in the 5,000 m in 1932 and 1942 and the 10,000 m in 1934-35, 1937 and 1942. He was later president of the Organizing Committee for the 1952 Summer Olympics.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 14:22.0 (1939); 10000 – 30:05.5 (1937).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Finland FIN 6
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Finland Final 6 14:39.8
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Finland Round One Heat One 4 QU 15:06.6

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 30:15.4