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Toivo Loukola

Full name: Toivo Aarne Loukola
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: October 2, 1902 in Kortesjärvi, Kauhava, Etelä-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Died: January 10, 1984 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Affiliations: HT, Helsinki (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Toivo Loukola was a promising high jumper as a youth, but after beginning work with the Helsinki Police Force he switched to steeplechase in 1923. Loukola bettered the 3,000 m steeplechase unofficial world record, running 9:25.2, just a month before the 1928 Olympic Games. At Amsterdam, Loukola first finished seventh in the 10K and then easily won his steeplechase heat. In the final the favorites were the Finnish threesome of [Paavo Nurmi], [Ville Ritola] and Loukola, although Nurmi and Ritola were tired from having run the 5,000 metres the previous day. Ritola was a non-factor, and at 2,000 m, when Nurmi had trouble with the hurdles, Loukola attacked and opened a 30 m gap on the field, holding that to the finish, as he won in a world best of 9:21.8, almost 10 seconds clear of Nurmi. Domestically, Loukola won 11 Finnish titles – 5,000 m in 1928-29; 10,000 m in 1928-29, 1932 and 1936; and steeplechase in 1928-32. Loukola worked as a policeman as a career.

Personal Bests: 10000 – 31:12.9 (1929); 3000S – 9:21.8 (1928).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 7
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Finland FIN 1 Gold WR

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Finland Final Standings 7 31:39.0

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Finland Final 1 WR 9:21.8
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Finland Round One Heat Three 1 QU 9:37.6
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