Veli Lehtelä

Veli Veikko Valtteri Lehtelä (born 6 September 1935) is a retired Finnish rower. He competed in various two-man and four man events at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics and won two bronze medals, in 1956 and 1960. His son Jorma Lehtelä also became an Olympic rower.[1]

Veli Lehtelä
Veli Lehtelä 1964.jpg
Lehtelä at the 1964 European Championships
Personal information
Born6 September 1935 (1935-09-06) (age 84)
Sääksmäki, Finland[1]
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight74–76 kg (163–168 lb)[1]

Throughout most of his career Lehtelä rowed with Toimi Pitkänen. Besides two Olympic bronze medals, they won two gold and two silver medals at the European championships from 1955 to 1961,[2] and placed sixth at the 1964 Olympics.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Veli Lehtelä.
  2. ^ Rudern – Europameisterschaften – Herren: Zweier ohne Steuermann, Zweier m. Stm., Vierer m.Stm..