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Mikko Tapio Latvala (born July 8, 1980 in Vaasa) is a Finnish pole vaulter.[1] He won a silver medal for his category at the 2001 European Athletics Under-23 Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with his best possible height of 5.50 metres. In 2007, Latvala suffered from multiple serious injuries, including a torn chest muscle as a result of a weightlifting accident in South Africa.[2]

Mikko Latvala
Personal information
Full nameMikko Tapio Latvala
Nationality Finland
Born (1980-07-08) 8 July 1980 (age 39)
Vaasa, Finland
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubHaapajärven Kiilat (FIN)
Coached byToni Latvala
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Pole vault: 5.66 m (2001)

Latvala qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, by successfully clearing a B-standard height of 5.63 metres from the Finnish Elite Games series in Lapua.[2] He placed twenty-second in the first round of men's pole vault, with a best possible height of 5.45 metres, tying his overall position with Ukraine's Oleksandr Korchmid.[3]

Latvala is also a full-time member of Haapajärven Kiilat, a local track and field club in Haapajärvi, and is coached and trained by his brother Toni.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Mikko Latvala". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Sonninen, Antti-Pekka (9 June 2008). "Latvala's 5.63m pole vault highlights Lapua Elite Games". IAAF. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Men's Pole Vault Qualification". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 December 2012.

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