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Julius Saaristo

Full name: Juho Julius Saaristo
Nickname(s): Jussi
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: July 21, 1891 in Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Died: October 12, 1969 in Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Viipurin Urheilijat, Helsinki (FIN) / Tampereen Pyrintö, Tampere (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

In 1912, Julius Saaristo became the first Finnish Olympic javelin champion. At the Stockholm Olympics, Saaristo won gold in the javelin throw, both hands event and silver in the javelin throw behind the renowned [Eric Lemming]. Saaristo competed at his second Olympics in 1920, finishing fourth in the javelin. Saaristo was also Finnish champion in javelin throw, both hands in 1910, 1911 and 1919.

Saaristo studied at the Tampere Industrial School (now Tampere University of Applied Sciences) in 1909-12, and from 1912-15 studied machinery and electrical engineering at the Mitweida Technicum (now University of Applied Sciences Mittweida) and at the Strelitz Technicum (now Technical School of Civil Engineering Neustrelitz) in Germany.

In 1915 Saaristo voluntarily enlisted with the Finnish 27th Jäger Battalion, a German light infantry unit which consisted mainly of Finnish volunteers. With the 27th Jäger Battalion, he took part in World War I and saw action during the Battle of Misa River and the Battle of the Gulf of Riga in Latvia. In early 1918 Saaristo moved back to Finland and fought in the Finnish Civil War, seeing action during the battles of Kalevankangas, Tampere, Rajamäki, Tarpila and Raivola. After Finnish independence, Saaristo continued to serve in the Finnish Army as commander of the 2nd Pori Infantry Regiment from 1920-25 and as commander of the 2nd Savo Light Infantry Regiment from 1925-27. In the 1930s, Saaristo served with the Finnish Border Guard and at the start of Winter War, Saaristo was commander of the 23rd Pioneer Company. During the Continuation War, Saaristo served as commander of the 3rd Engineer Battalion and later as commander of Military Prison Camp No. 6. Saaristo retired from the force at the end of World War II.

Personal Best: JT – 62.39 (1920).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Finland FIN 2 Silver
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's Javelin Throw, Both Hands Finland FIN 1 Gold
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Finland FIN 4

Men's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 2 58.66
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round 2 58.66
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round One 2 56.21
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round Two 2 foul
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Round Round Three 2 58.66
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 2 QU/OR 55.37
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A 2 55.37
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 54.75
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 OR 55.37
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP foul
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Standings 4 62.395
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Final Round 4 62.395
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Finland Qualifying Round 5 QU 60.045

Men's Javelin Throw, Both Hands

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TD RHD LHD
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Final Standings 1 109.42 61.00 48.42
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round NP 109.42 61.00 48.42
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A 1 109.42 61.00 48.42
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round One NP 57.64 foul
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round Two NP 59.88 foul
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Finland Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 61.00 48.42
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