Full name: Harry Edvin "Harri" Larva (Lagerström-)
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: September 9, 1906 in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi, Finland
Died: November 15, 1980 in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi, Finland
Affiliations: Turun Urheiluliitto, Turku (FIN)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Harri Larva was forced to change his last name from Lagerström to Larva in 1928 by known nationalist and president of the Finnish Athletics Union Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, who later became the longest-serving president of Finland (1956-82), because his name did not sound Finnish enough. Larva, Finnish champion in the 800 from 1928-30 and 1934, won only one bronze (1927) in his favorite distance, the 1,500, at the Finnish Championships. Larva's best year was in 1928, when he ran all his best performances in distances from 400 metres to a mile. At the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, in the 1,500 final, Larva had a great battle against Frenchman [Jules Ladoumègue] and surprisingly won in 3:53.2. Larva also competed at the 1932 Olympics, finishing 10th in the 1,500.
Personal Best: 1500 – 3:52.0 (1928).
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Finland||FIN||1||Gold||OR|
|1932 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Finland||FIN||10|
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Athletics||Finland||Round One||Heat Four||2||QU||4:02.0|
|1932 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Final||10||3:58.4|
|1932 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Finland||Round One||Heat Two||4||QU||3:58.8|