Full name: Arto Kalevi HÃ¤rkÃ¶nen
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 88-92 kg
Born: January 31, 1959 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Affiliations: HKV, Helsinki (FIN)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Arto HÃ¤rkÃ¶nen had a short athletics career, but one which culminated with Olympic victory. Coached by his father Kalevi, he won his first international medal in 1977, when he won silver at the European Junior Championships, followed by a 1979 silver at the Universiade. At the 1982 European Championships, HÃ¤rkÃ¶nen was fifth and at the inaugural World Championships in 1983, held in his home town of Helsinki, he did not make it out of qualifying.
In 1984, HÃ¤rkÃ¶nen was not considered a favorite at the Olympics, although he had thrown his personal best of 92.40 just a month before the Olympics. With the Soviet-led boycott leaving the top East German and Soviet throwers out of Olympics, [Tom Petranoff] of the USA was considered the favorite, but he threw completely below his form in the Olympic final, and the gold went to HÃ¤rkÃ¶nen who threw 86.76 in round four, a metre more than second placed [Dave Ottley] of Great Britain. HÃ¤rkÃ¶nen won his only Finnish title in 1982. He retired from sports after his Olympic victory and concentrated on his studies in theology, eventually receiving a masters of theology degree, and he later worked as an evangelist with Logos Ministries of Finland and as a pastor in Klaukkala.
Personal Best: JT â 92.40 (1984).
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Men's Javelin Throw||Finland||FIN||1||Gold|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Final Round||1||86.76|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Final Round||Round One||NP||foul|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Final Round||Round Two||7||78.74||78.74|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Final Round||Round Three||2||84.34||84.34|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Final Round||Round Four||1||86.76||86.76|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Final Round||Round Five||1||foul||86.76|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Final Round||Round Six||NP||foul|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Qualifying Round||4||QU||83.06|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Qualifying Round||Group B||3||83.06|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Qualifying Round||Group B Round One||3||82.82|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Qualifying Round||Group B Round Two||3||83.06||83.06|
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Qualifying Round||Group B Round Three||NP||pass|