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Pekka Vasala

Full name: Pekka Antero Vasala
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 63-65 kg
Born: April 17, 1948 in Riihimäki, Kanta-Häme, Finland
Affiliations: Riihimäen Kisko, Riihimäki (FIN) / Mäntsälän Urheilijat, Mäntsälä (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Son-in-law of Martti Matilainen.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Pekka Vasala was not even considered a medal contender in the 1,500 m at the 1972 München 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. Vasala’s last international competition came at the 1974 European Championships, where he placed sixth in the 1,500 m. He won six Finnish titles – the 800 m in 1970-72 and the 1,500 m in 1969-71.

Personal Best: 1500 – 3:36.33 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Finland FIN 9 h4 r1/3
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Athletics Finland Round One Heat Four 9 4:08.5 4:08.51
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics Finland Final 1 3:36.33
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics Finland Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 3:37.91
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics Finland Round One Heat Six 1 QU 3:40.86
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