Full name: Ilmari R. Salminen
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: September 21, 1902 in ElimÃ¤ki, Kouvola, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Died: January 5, 1986 in Kouvola, Kymenlaakso, Finland
Affiliations: Kouvolan Urheilijat, Kouvola (FIN)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Ilmari Salminen was one of the worldâs 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 â 14:22.0 (1939); 10000 â 30:05.5 (1937).
|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|
|1936 Summer||33||Berlin||Athletics||Finland||Round One||Heat One||4||QU||15:06.6|
|1936 Summer||33||Berlin||Athletics||Finland||Final Standings||1||30:15.4|