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Pirjo Wilmi-Häggman

Full name: Airi Pirjo Maritta Wilmi-Häggman (-Rokkanen)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 54-57 kg
Born: June 8, 1951 in Sotkamo, Kainuu, Finland
Affiliations: HKV, Helsinki (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Pirjo Häggman was a Finnish sprinter who competed at three Olympic Games (1972-80), making the finals of the 400 metres in both 1976 and 1980. She also made the finals of the 1978 European Championships in the 400. The highlight of her career was a 1974 European Championships silver medal won in the 4x400 relay. She won 10 Finnish outdoor sprint titles – 200 in 1972, 1976-78 and 1980; and the 400 in 1972-73 and 1978-80.

Häggman studied at the University of Helsinki, earning a masters of sports sciences degree in 1973. She later became a physical education teacher, a marketing manager and an insurance sales manager. In 1981 she became one of the first two female IOC Members, along with Venezuelan [Flor Isava-Fonseca]. In sports administration she as chairman of the Women’s Committee for the Finnish Amateur Athletic Association from 1982-88 and was a vice-president of the Finnish AAA from 1984-88. She became a member of the Finnish Olympic Committee in 1981 and was a member of the organizing committee for the 1994 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki.

On the IOC Häggman served on multiple commissions, including the Athletes Commission (1983-84), Commission for the Olympic Programme (Winter) (1982-83), Study and Evaluation Commission for the Preparation of the Olympic Games (1985-87), and the Pierre de Coubertin Commission (1994-99). She resigned from the IOC in January 1999 at the height of the Olympic Bribery Scandal when it was revealed that her husband, Bjarne Häggman, had been a paid consultant to the 2002 Salt Lake City Organizing Committee during the bidding process.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 11.72 (1976); 200 – 22.96 (1976); 400 – 50.56 (1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Women's 200 metres Finland FIN 5 h4 r2/4
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Finland FIN 6 h1 r1/2
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Finland FIN 7
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Women's 400 metres Finland FIN 4
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Finland FIN 6
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Women's 400 metres Finland FIN 7

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Finland Quarter-Finals Heat Four 5 23.68 5
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Finland Round One Heat Four 4 QU 24.16 3

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Finland Final 4 50.56 1
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Finland Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 51.03 2
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Finland Quarter-Finals Heat One 3 QU 51.35 5
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Finland Round One Heat Six 4 QU 52.73 1
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Finland Final 7 51.35 2
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Finland Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 51.02 3
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Finland Round One Heat Three 2 QU 52.56 7

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Finland FIN Round One Heat One 6 44.68 8

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Finland FIN Final 7 3:29.44 52,4
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Finland FIN Round One Heat One 4 QU 3:30.84
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Finland FIN Final 6 3:25.87 51,4
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Finland FIN Round One Heat One 3 QU 3:26.30
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