Full name: Harry Edvin "Harri" Larva (LagerstrÃ¶m-)
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)
Born Harri LagerstrÃ¶m, Harri Larva changed his last name to Larva in 1928, because LagerstrÃ¶m did not sound Finnish. He was coerced into doing so by the Finnish Athletics Union President, and known nationalist, Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, who later became the longest-serving president of Finland (1956-82). Larva, a Finnish champion at 800 metres in 1928-30 and 1934, won only one bronze medal over his favorite distance, the 1,500 m, at the Finnish nationals, that coming in 1927. Larvaâs best year was 1928, when he ran all his best performances in distances from 400 m to a mile. At the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, in a 1,500 m final, Larva fought off Frenchman [Jules LadoumÃ¨gue], and won a surprising gold in 3:53.2. Larva also competed at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, placing 10th in the 1,500.
Personal Best: 1500 â 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|