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Jukka Salmela

Full name: Jukka Arto Olavi Salmela
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 80-82 kg
Born: December 30, 1958 in Kangasala, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Kangasalan Voitto, Kangasala (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Finnish sprinter Jukka Salmela was a 500 m specialist, and has two seventh places in the 500 metres at the Sprint World Championships as his best international achievements. In February 1980 he placed 18th in the 500 at the Olympic Games. But he had excellent technique, and on 31 March 1980, was the first skater to better 37 seconds for 500 metres when he recorded a hand-timed 36.8 in a race at Medeo. His time was never recognized as a World Record, but no skater recorded a faster time for three years. Salmela, a music teacher, also performed as a singer in bands Tabula Rasa and Salmela Komitea.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 36.8 (1980); 1000 – 1:15.8 (1980); 1500 – 2:06.5 (1983); 5000 – 8:35.9 (1981).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Finland FIN 18
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Finland FIN 30

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 18 39.32 10.42

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 30 1:21.78 18.40 48.22
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