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Erik Koutonen

Full name: Erkki "Erik" Koutonen
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: March 25, 1926 in Kannus, Keski-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Died: December 15, 1986 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Michigan Wolverines, Ann Arbor (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Erik Koutonen placed fourth at the 1948 AAU triple jump but made the Olympic team when he tied for first at the Olympic Trials. He also placed second in the 1949 AAU triple. Koutonen was born in Finland but came to the United States when he was 11-years-old. His family settled in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Koutonen served in the US Marine Corps during World War II. After the war he enrolled at the University of Michigan. He finished his degree at Fitchburg State Teachers’ College and settled back in Fitchburg. He taught industrial arts and was the track coach at Fitchburg High School for 30 years. Koutonen was inducted into the Massachusetts Track & Field Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Fitchburg High School Hall of Fame in 2001.

Personal Best: TJ – 14.92 (48-11½) (1948).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics Men's Triple Jump United States USA 16 QR

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Final Standings 16 QR
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round 16 14.370
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