Eila Pyrhönen

Eila Marjatta "Ellu" Pyrhönen (born 25 October 1945) is a retired Finnish swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 100 m butterfly at the 1966 European Aquatics Championships.[1] She finished fourth in the same event at the 1964 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Finnish woman to reach Olympic finals in swimming.[2]

Eila Pyrhönen
Personal information
Born(1945-10-25)25 October 1945
Helsinki, Finland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
ClubMarjaniemen Uimarit, Helsinki
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing  Finland
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1966 Utrecht 100 m butterfly

In 1966, she was selected as the Finnish Sports Personality of the Year and in 2002 received the Finnish Pro Urheilu Sports Award.[3]


  1. ^ Eila PYRHÖNEN. les-sports.info
  2. ^ Eila Pyrhönen. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Vuoden 2002 Pro Urheilu -tunnustuspalkinnot ja -mitalit 14 urheilijalle Archived 2015-07-09 at the Wayback Machine. minedu.fi (2002-12-16).