Full name: Pekka Antero Vasala
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 63-65 kg
Born: April 17, 1948 in RiihimÃ¤ki, Kanta-HÃ¤me, Finland
Affiliations: RiihimÃ¤en Kisko, RiihimÃ¤ki (FIN) / MÃ¤ntsÃ¤lÃ¤n Urheilijat, MÃ¤ntsÃ¤lÃ¤ (FIN)
Related Olympians: Son-in-law of Martti Matilainen.
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Pekka Vasala was not even considered a medal contender in the 1,500 m at the 1972 MÃ¼nchen Olympics, but he shockingly won gold over [Kip Keino]. Vasala had competed at the 1968 Olympics, where he was eliminated in his first round heat of 1,500 m, but he had not previously won a major international medal and his Olympic title would be his only one. At both the 1969 and 1971 European Championships, Vasala reached the 1,500 m finals, but finished ninth both years. Vasalaâs last international competition came at the 1974 European Championships, where he placed sixth in the 1,500 m. He won six Finnish titles â the 800 m in 1970-72 and the 1,500 m in 1969-71.
Personal Best: 1500 â 3:36.33 (1972).
|1968 Summer||20||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Finland||FIN||9 h4 r1/3|
|1972 Summer||24||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Finland||FIN||1||Gold|
|1968 Summer||20||Ciudad de MÃ©xico||Athletics||Finland||Round One||Heat Four||9||4:08.5||4:08.51|
|1972 Summer||24||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||Finland||Semi-Finals||Heat Three||2||QU||3:37.91|
|1972 Summer||24||MÃ¼nchen||Athletics||Finland||Round One||Heat Six||1||QU||3:40.86|