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Ilmari Salminen

Full name: Ilmari R. Salminen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: September 21, 1902 in Elimäki, Kouvola, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Died: January 5, 1986 in Kouvola, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Affiliations: Kouvolan Urheilijat, Kouvola (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Ilmari Salminen was one of the world’s top distance runners in the 1930s, although he only began running when he was 27. He began his international athletics career in 1934 when he won the 10,000 and took bronze in the 5,000 m at the first European Championships, thus establishing himself as a favorite for the 1936 Olympic 10,000. At the Berlin Olympics, Salminen first placed sixth in the 5K, however, the next day Salminen narrowly defeated his teammate [Arvo Askola] in the 10K final. In 1937, Salminen set a 10,000 m world record of 30:05.6, also breaking the 6-mile world record en route. Salminen finished his international career with a gold medal in the 10,000 at the 1938 Europeans. He won six Finnish titles, the 5K in 1932 and 1942 and the 10K in 1934-35, 1937 and 1942.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 14:22.0 (1939); 10000 – 30:05.5 (1937).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Finland FIN 6
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Finland Final 6 14:39.8
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Finland Round One Heat One 4 QU 15:06.6

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 30:15.4
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