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Finland at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Finland at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Finland.svg
IOC code FIN
NOC Finnish Olympic Committee
Website sport.fi/olympiakomitea (in Finnish) (in Swedish)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 54 in 15 sports
Flag bearer Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén[1]
Medals
Ranked 78th
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Finland competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Finnish athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games since the nation's official debut in 1908.

The Finnish Olympic Committee (Finnish: Suomen Olympiakomitea, SO) sent a team of 54 athletes, 26 men and 28 women, to compete in 15 sports at the Games.[2][3] The nation's full roster also achieved a historic milestone, as the number of female athletes outnumbered the men for the first time. Among the sports represented by its athletes, Finland made its Olympic debut in golf (new to the 2016 Games), table tennis, and women's wrestling, as well as its return to archery, boxing, equestrian eventing, and rhythmic gymnastics after long years of absence.

The Finnish team featured four past Olympic medalists returning to the Games: Beijing 2008 women's trap champion Satu Mäkelä-Nummela, the oldest competitor of the roster (aged 43), javelin throwers Tero Pitkämäki and Antti Ruuskanen (both won bronze in 2008 and 2012, respectively), and windsurfer Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén (silver, 2012), who was appointed by the committee to carry the Finnish flag by a female for the second time in the opening ceremony.[1][4] Despite swimming only in the medley relay, Hanna-Maria Seppälä set a record as the first ever Finnish female athlete to participate in five Olympic Games.[5] Other notable competitors on the Finnish roster included the country's fastest freestyle swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen, sailing brothers Joonas and Niklas Lindgren in the 470 class, and hammer thrower David Söderberg.[3]

Finland left Rio de Janeiro with only a bronze medal, won by boxer Mira Potkonen in the women's lightweight division, saving its pride from returning empty-handed for the very first time; it was the country's poorest performance in its entire Olympic history.[6] Several Finnish athletes reached the finals of their respective events including Ruuskanen (sixth, javelin throw), Söderberg (eighth, hammer throw), and sailor Tuula Tenkanen (fifth, Laser Radial).

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MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Bronze Mira Potkonen Boxing Women's lightweight 17 August

ArcheryEdit

One Finnish archer has qualified for the men's individual recurve at the Games by securing one of three available Olympic spots at the 2016 European Championships in Nottingham, Great Britain, signifying the nation's comeback to the sport after an eight-year hiatus.[7] Meanwhile, another Finnish archer was added to the squad by virtue of a top six national finish in the women's individual recurve at the 2016 Archery World Cup meet in Antalya, Turkey.[8]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Samuli Piippo Men's individual 636 54   Floto (GER)
L 0–6
Did not advance
Taru Kuoppa Women's individual 643 14   Htwe (MYA)
L 3–7
Did not advance

AthleticsEdit

Finnish athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[9][10] Four of them, led by two Olympic bronze medalists Tero Pitkämäki (2008) and Antti Ruuskanen (2012) in the men's javelin throw, had been selected to the Olympic team during the initial nomination stages (October and December 2015), while the majority of the Finnish track and field team was announced at the end of March and the third week of July 2016.[11]

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
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Oskari Mörö 400 m hurdles 49.04 NR 4 q 49.75 7 Did not advance
Jarkko Kinnunen 50 km walk N/A 3:55:43 22
Aleksi Ojala N/A DSQ
Aku Partanen N/A DNF
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Ari Mannio Javelin throw 77.73 27 Did not advance
Tero Pitkämäki 79.56 21 Did not advance
Antti Ruuskanen 82.20 11 q 83.05 6
David Söderberg Hammer throw 74.64 7 q 74.61 8
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Sandra Eriksson 3000 m steeplechase 9:56.77 15 N/A Did not advance
Anne-Mari Hyryläinen Marathon N/A 2:39:02 51
Nooralotta Neziri 100 m hurdles 12.88 3 Q 13.04 6 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Kristiina Mäkelä Triple jump 14.24 PB 5 q 13.95 12
Wilma Murto Pole vault 4.30 24 Did not advance
Minna Nikkanen 4.55 13 Did not advance
Linda Sandblom High jump 1.89 26 Did not advance
Sanni Utriainen Javelin throw 53.42 31 Did not advance

BadmintonEdit

Finland has qualified one badminton player for the women's singles into the Olympic tournament. Nanna Vainio had claimed her Olympic spot as one of top 34 individual shuttlers in the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016.[12]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Nanna Vainio Women's singles   Marín (ESP)
L 6–21, 4–21
  Kjærsfeldt (DEN)
L 9–21, 8–21
3 Did not advance

BoxingEdit

Finland has entered one boxer to compete in the women's lightweight division into the Olympic boxing tournament, signifying the nation's comeback to the sport since 2000. Mira Potkonen had claimed her Olympic spot with a quarterfinal victory at the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.[13]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Mira Potkonen Women's lightweight   Araújo (BRA)
W 2–1
  Taylor (IRL)
W 1–2
  Yin Jh (CHN)
L 0–3
Did not advance  

CyclingEdit

RoadEdit

Finland has qualified one rider in the women's Olympic road race by virtue of a top 22 national finish in the 2016 UCI World Rankings.[14]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Lotta Lepistö Women's road race Did not finish
Women's time trial 47:06.52 17

EquestrianEdit

Finland has entered one eventing rider into the Olympic equestrian competition by virtue of a top finish from North Western Europe in the individual FEI Olympic rankings, signifying the nation's Olympic comeback to the sporting discipline for the first time since 2000.[15][16]

EventingEdit

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Elmo Jankari Duchess Désirée Individual 48.00 37 42.80 90.80 28 10.00 100.80 31 Did not advance 100.80 31

GolfEdit

Finland has entered four golfers (two per gender) into the Olympic tournament. Mikko Ilonen (world no. 235), Roope Kakko (world no. 293), Noora Tamminen (world no. 274), and Ursula Wikström (world no. 256) qualified directly among the top 60 eligible players for their respective individual events based on the IGF World Rankings as of 11 July 2016.[17][18]

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
Score Score Score Score Score Par Rank
Mikko Ilonen Men's 73 69 66 73 281 −3 =21
Roope Kakko 72 76 68 70 286 +2 =43
Noora Tamminen Women's 73 76 72 74 295 +11 =48
Ursula Wikström 69 71 81 73 294 +10 =44

GymnasticsEdit

ArtisticEdit

Finland has entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition. Oskar Kirmes had claimed his Olympic spot in the men's apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[19][20]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Oskar Kirmes All-around 14.933 14.000 13.833 14.200 13.891 13.266 84.123 35 Did not advance

RhythmicEdit

For the first time since 2000, Finland has qualified one rhythmic gymnast in the individual all-around for the Games by claiming one of eight available Olympic spots at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[20][21]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon Total Rank Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon Total Rank
Ekaterina Volkova Individual 16.916 16.966 17.000 16.633 67.515 21 Did not advance

JudoEdit

Finland has qualified one judoka for the men's extra-lightweight category (60 kg) at the Games. Juho Reinvall earned a continental quota spot from the European region as the highest-ranked Finnish judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of 30 May 2016.[22][23]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Juho Reinvall Men's −60 kg Bye   Tsogtbaatar (MGL)
L 000–011
Did not advance

SailingEdit

Finnish sailors have qualified one boat in each of the following classes through the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the individual fleet Worlds, and European qualifying regattas.[24]

On 13 October 2015, the Finnish Olympic Committee had officially announced the first five sailors competing in the Finn, Laser Radial, men's 470, and women's RS:X at the Rio regatta.[11] 2010 Youth Olympian and Laser sailor Kaarle Tapper was named to the Finnish team on 27 April 2016, while the women's 470 and 49er crews rounded out the selection at the ISAF World Cup meet (26 April to 1 May) in Hyères, France.[20]

Men
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M
Kaarle Tapper Laser 32 12 31 29 27 18 17 11 23 19 EL 187 26
Tapio Nirkko Finn 20 7 15 5 3 24 20 21 6 10 EL 107 15
Joonas Lindgren
Niklas Lindgren
470 20 11 23 18 24 19 3 10 9 10 EL 123 16
Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M
Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén RS:X 4 9 8 5 9 5 27 3 12 10 6 8 20 99 10
Tuula Tenkanen Laser Radial 4 16 8.6 2 14 3 13 8 2 14 N/A 18 86.6 5
Noora Ruskola
Camilla Cedercreutz
49erFX 7 12 16 13 21 15 14 15 14 10 20 18 EL 154 17

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race; overstrike indicates excluded score

ShootingEdit

Finnish shooters have achieved quota places for the following events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2014 and 2015 ISSF World Championships, the 2015 ISSF World Cup series, and European Championships or Games, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying standard (MQS) by 31 March 2016.[25]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Vesa Törnroos Men's trap 116 11 Did not advance
Satu Mäkelä-Nummela Women's trap 66 10 Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Finnish swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[26][27]

On 9 December 2015, the Finnish Olympic Committee had announced the first three swimmers (Liukkonen, Mattsson, and Laukkanen), who had achieved the A-cut times in their respective events, to compete in the Olympic pool, while US-based college swimmers Matias Koski and Tanja Kylliäinen joined the roster four months later.[28]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Matias Koski 200 m freestyle 1:47.40 21 Did not advance
400 m freestyle 3:55.57 42 N/A Did not advance
Ari-Pekka Liukkonen 50 m freestyle 22.25 23 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 50.14 42 Did not advance
Matti Mattsson 100 m breaststroke 1:02.45 38 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:10.49 11 Q 2:12.99 16 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Mimosa Jallow 100 m backstroke 1:01.58 24 Did not advance
Jenna Laukkanen 100 m breaststroke 1:07.35 NR 18 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:25.52 14 Q 2:25.14 NR 14 Did not advance
Tanja Kylliäinen 200 m individual medley 2:14.97 25 Did not advance
400 m individual medley 4:45.33 NR 25 N/A Did not advance
Mimosa Jallow
Jenna Laukkanen
Emilia Pikkarainen
Hanna-Maria Seppälä
4 × 100 m medley relay 4:01.61 11 N/A Did not advance

Table tennisEdit

Finland has entered one athlete for the first time into the Olympic table tennis competition. Benedek Oláh granted an invitation from ITTF to compete in the men's singles as one of the next seven highest-ranked eligible players, not yet qualified, on the Olympic Ranking List.[29]

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Benedek Oláh Men's singles Bye   Chen F (SIN)
W 4–1
  Groth (DEN)
L 0–4
Did not advance

TaekwondoEdit

Finland entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics. 2012 Olympian Suvi Mikkonen secured a spot in the women's lightweight category (57 kg) by virtue of her top two finish at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.[30][31]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Suvi Mikkonen Women's −57 kg   Vasconcelos (BRA)
W 10–9
  Glasnović (SWE)
L 4–7
Did not advance

WeightliftingEdit

Finland has qualified one male weightlifter for the Rio Olympics by virtue of a top seven national finish at the 2016 European Championships.[20][32] Meanwhile, an unused women's Olympic spot was added to the Finnish weightlifting team by IWF, as a response to the vacancy of women's quota places in the individual World Rankings and to the "multiple positive cases" of doping on several nations.[33] The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by 20 June 2016.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Milko Tokola Men's −85 kg 145 20 175 19 320 19
Anni Vuohijoki Women's −63 kg 85 11 107 10 192 10

WrestlingEdit

Finland has qualified three wrestlers for each of the following weight classes into the Olympic tournament. Two of them finished among the top six to book an Olympic spot each in the men's Greco-Roman 85 kg and women's freestyle 58 kg the 2015 World Championships.[34][35]

One more wrestler had claimed the remaining Olympic slot in the men's Greco-Roman 66 kg to round out the Finnish roster at the initial meet of the World Qualification Tournament in Ulaanbaatar.[36]

Key:

  • VT – Victory by Fall.
  • PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points.
  • PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points.
  • ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.

Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Tero Välimäki −66 kg Bye   Bolkvadze (GEO)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 15
Rami Hietaniemi −85 kg Bye   Hrustanović (AUT)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 11
Women's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Petra Olli −58 kg Bye   Adeniyi (NGR)
W 3–1 PP
  Tynybekova (KGZ)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 10

See alsoEdit

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