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Toimi Pitkänen

Full name: Toimi Johannes Pitkänen
Nickname(s): Tommi
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 80-85 kg
Born: May 23, 1928 in Kuhmalahti, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Died: September 17, 2016
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Toimi Pitkänen is considered as one of the most successful Finnish rowers of all time, after the renowed [Pertti Karppinen]. With [Veli Lehtelä], Pitkänen formed a highly successful duo that won two Olympic bronzes (1956 coxed fours, 1960 coxless pairs), two European titles (1956 coxed fours, 1958 coxless pairs) and two European Championships silvers (1955 / 1961 coxless pairs). They also won the coxless pairs event, the Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup, at the 1961 Henley Royal Regatta, and as of 2017, are the only Finns to win any event at Henley. Domestically Pitkänen won 29 Finnish titles. He was also an accomplished cross-country skier, who won silver in the 50 km at the 1956 Finnish Championships. Outside of sports, Pitkänen worked his whole career at the Säteri synthetic fiber factory, first as a warehouse worker, car driver and mechanic, and later with the factory’s human resources department.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Men's Coxed Pairs Finland FIN 5
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Finland FIN 2 h2 r2/4
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Rowing Men's Coxed Fours Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 32 Roma Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs Finland FIN 6

Men's Coxless Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1960 Summer 32 Roma Rowing Finland FIN Veli Lehtelä Final Round 7:03.80
1960 Summer 32 Roma Rowing Finland FIN Veli Lehtelä Semi-Finals Heat One 7:35.50
1960 Summer 32 Roma Rowing Finland FIN Veli Lehtelä Round One Heat Three 7:05.00
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Rowing Finland FIN Veli Lehtelä Final Round A Final 8:05.74
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Rowing Finland FIN Veli Lehtelä Round One Repêchage Heat One 7:29.03
1964 Summer 36 Tokyo Rowing Finland FIN Veli Lehtelä Round One Heat Two

Men's Coxed Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Finland FIN Veijo Mikkolainen Final Round 8:40.8
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Finland FIN Veijo Mikkolainen Semi-Finals Repêchage Heat Two 8:01.8
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Finland FIN Veijo Mikkolainen Round One Repêchage Heat One 7:55.0
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Finland FIN Veijo Mikkolainen Round One Heat One 8:06.6

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Rowing Finland FIN Round One Repêchage Heat Two 7:55.1
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Rowing Finland FIN Round One Heat Four 6:50.3

Men's Coxed Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Rowing Finland FIN Final Round 7:30.9
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Rowing Finland FIN Semi-Finals Heat Two 8:08.1
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Rowing Finland FIN Round One Repêchage Heat Two 7:09.8
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Rowing Finland FIN Round One Heat Two 7:16.2
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