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Harri Larva

Full name: Harry Edvin "Harri" Larva (Lagerström-)
Gender: Male
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)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Born Harri Lagerström, Harri Larva changed his last name to Larva in 1928, because Lagerström 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. Larva’s 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 Ladoumègue], 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 – 3:52.0 (1928).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T T(H)
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Athletics Finland Final 1 OR 3:53.2
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
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