Finland at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Finland competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. 129 competitors, 123 men and 6 women, took part in 84 events in 16 sports.[1] As the country hosted the next Olympics in Helsinki, a Finnish segment was performed at the closing ceremony.

Finland at the
1948 Summer Olympics
Flag of Finland.svg
IOC codeFIN
NOCFinnish Olympic Committee
Websitesport.fi/olympiakomitea (in Finnish and Swedish)
in London
Competitors129 (123 men, 6 women) in 16 sports
Flag bearerHannes Sonck
Medals
Ranked 6th
Gold
8
Silver
7
Bronze
5
Total
20
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Gold Lennart Viitala Wrestling Men's freestyle flyweight 31 July
  Gold Tapio Rautavaara Athletics Men's javelin throw 4 August
  Gold Veikko Huhtanen Gymnastics Men's artistic individual all-around 13 August
  Gold Paavo Aaltonen
Veikko Huhtanen
Kalevi Laitinen
Olavi Rove
Aleksanteri Saarvala
Sulo Salmi
Heikki Savolainen
Einari Teräsvirta
Gymnastics Men's artistic team all-around 13 August
  Gold Paavo Aaltonen Gymnastics Men's pommel horse 13 August
  Gold Veikko Huhtanen Gymnastics Men's pommel horse 13 August
  Gold Heikki Savolainen Gymnastics Men's pommel horse 13 August
  Gold Paavo Aaltonen Gymnastics Men's vault 13 August
  Silver Kaisa Parviainen Athletics Women's javelin throw 31 July
  Silver Erkki Kataja Athletics Men's pole vault 2 August
  Silver Pauli Janhonen Shooting Men's 300 metre free rifle, three positions 6 August
  Silver Kelpo Gröndahl Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman light heavyweight 6 August
  Silver Kurt Wires Canoeing Men's K-1 10,000 metres 11 August
  Silver Veikko Huhtanen Gymnastics Men's parallel bars 13 August
  Silver Olavi Rove Gymnastics Men's vault 13 August
  Bronze Reino Kangasmäki Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman flyweight 6 August
  Bronze Thor Axelsson
Nils Björklöf
Canoeing Men's K-2 10,000 metres 11 August
  Bronze Thor Axelsson
Nils Björklöf
Canoeing Men's K-2 1000 metres 12 August
  Bronze Paavo Aaltonen Gymnastics Men's artistic individual all-around 13 August
  Bronze Veikko Huhtanen Gymnastics Men's horizontal bar 13 August


AthleticsEdit

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • NH = No height
  • DNF = Did not finish
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Runar Holmberg 400 metres 50.6 5 Did Not Advance
Olavi Talja 50.4 4 Did Not Advance
Tauno Suvanto 51.5 4 Did Not Advance
Denis Johansson 1500 metres 3:54.0[2] 3 N/A Unknown 12
Väinö Koskela 5000 metres 14:58.3[3] 2 N/A 14:41.0 7
Väinö Mäkelä 14:45.8 2 N/A 14:43.0 8
Helge Perälä 15:07.8 4[3] N/A DNF
Salomon Könönen 10,000 metres N/A no time 9
Viljo Heino N/A DNF
Evert Heinström N/A DNF
Pentti Siltaloppi 3000 metres steeplechase 9:22.4 3[4] N/A 9:19.6 5
Aarne Kainlauri 9:25.8 2[4] N/A 9:29.0 10
Tauno Suvanto
Olavi Talja
Runar Holmberg
Berth Storskrubb
4 × 400 m relay 3:20.6 1 N/A 3:24.8 4
Viljo Heino marathon N/A 2:41:32.0 11
Jussi Kurikkala N/A 2:42:48.0 13
Mikko Hietanen N/A DNF
Field events
Athlete Event Final
Distance Position
Valle Rautio triple jump 14.700 6
Kuuno Honkonen high jump 1.80 17
Nils Nicklén NH
Erkki Kataja pole vault 4.20  
Valto Olenius 3.95 7
Yrjö Lehtilä shot put 15.05 6
Jaakko Jouppila 14.59 7
Veikko Nyqvist discus throw 47.33 6
Arvo Huutoniemi 45.28 9
Tapio Rautavaara javelin throw 69.77  
Pauli Vesterinen 65.89 4
Soini Nikkinen 58.05 12
Lauri Tamminen hammer throw 53.08 5
Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Yrjö Mäkelä Result[5] 11.9 6.20 13.10 1.8 54.3 17.5 36.12 3.2 62.55 4:58 - 13
Points 618 603 725 786 656 597 600 575 835 426 6,421
Adjusted Points N/A 6,064
Hannes Sonck Result[5] 11.9 6.715 11.83 1.75 55.2 16.8 34.71 3.4 48.24 5:01.8 - 17
Points 618 728 605 727 618 674 561 652 555 404 6,142
Adjusted Points N/A 5,883

BoxingEdit

CanoeingEdit

CyclingEdit

Five cyclists, all men, represented Finland in 1948.

Individual road race
Team road race
Time trial
Team pursuit

DivingEdit

EquestrianEdit

FencingEdit

Six fencers, all men, represented Finland in 1948.

Men's foil
Men's team foil
Men's épée
Men's team épée
Men's sabre

GymnasticsEdit

Modern pentathlonEdit

Three male pentathletes represented Finland in 1948.

RowingEdit

Finland had five male rowers participate in one out of seven rowing events in 1948.[6]

Men's coxed four

SailingEdit

ShootingEdit

Twelve shooters represented Finland in 1948. Pauli Janhonen won a silver medal in the 300 m rifle event.

25 metre pistol
50 metre pistol
300 metre rifle
50 metre rifle

SwimmingEdit

WeightliftingEdit

WrestlingEdit

Art competitionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Finland at the 1948 London Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. London: THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. 1948. p. 249. Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. London: THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. 1948. p. 250. Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. London: THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. 1948. p. 257. Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. London: THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. 1948. p. 274. Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  6. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Finland Rowing at the 1948 London Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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