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Armas Taipale

Full name: Armas Rudolf Taipale
Nickname(s): Iso-Armas
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3 (191 cm)
Weight: 90-95 kg
Born: July 27, 1890 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Died: November 8, 1976 in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi, Finland
Affiliations: HKV, Helsinki (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Armas Taipale’s talent was discovered when he took part in school competitions in 1908, and he soon was in Finland’s top class in. His most successful Olympic appearance was in 1912, winning two gold medals in both discus throw events, with both hands and best hand. In 1920, he took silver again in the discus. His 1924 Olympic appearance was somewhat disappointing, as he ranked 12th. Domestically Taipale won three championships with the discus and two in the shot put. In 1914 he was British champion both in the shot put and discus throw.

Taipale was a versatile athlete, representing Finland at the Nordic Games in Greco-Roman wrestling in the heavyweight class and was an excellent soccer player. He bettered the Finnish Record in the discus throw seven times from 1912-16, in the both hands discus throw twice in 1913, and set two unofficial world records in the discus. In 1923 Taipale emigrated to the United States, but returned to Finland in 1974. He was a businessman and lawyer.

Personal Bests\: SP – 13.855 (1919); DT – 48.90 (1914).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 1 Gold OR
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Men's Discus Throw, Both Hands Finland FIN 1 Gold OR
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Shot Put Finland FIN 10 QR
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 2 Silver
1924 Summer 33 Paris Athletics Men's Discus Throw Finland FIN 12

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 10 QR
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 10 12.945

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 OR 45.21
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round 1 OR 45.21
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round One 1 OR 44.34
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three 1 OR 45.21
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 43.91
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A 1 OR 43.91
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round One 7 36.84
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 OR 43.91
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP foul
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 2 44.190
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round 2 44.190
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 2 QU 44.190
1924 Summer 33 Paris Athletics Finland Final Standings 12 40,230
1924 Summer 33 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 12 40.215
1924 Summer 33 Paris Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A 4 40.215

Men's Discus Throw, Both Hands

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TD RHD LHD
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 OR 82.86 44.68 38.18
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round 1 82.86 44.68 38.18
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round One NP 42.78 38.18
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two NP foul foul
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three NP 44,68 foul
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 1 80.03 44.68 35.35
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A 1 80.03 44.68 35.35
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round One NP 42.68 34.15
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round Two NP 43.70 35.35
1912 Summer 21 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 44,68 foul
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