At a glance

13 Jun 1897 Turku, Finland
Lentävä suomalainen, Haamusuomalainen, Suuri vaikenija
174 cm / 65 kg 5'9'' / 143 pounds
Male

Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi, was an Olympic legend whose dedication to a rigorous training schedule and mastery of pace judgment brought a new dimension to distance running. Between 1920 and 1928 he won a record nine Olympic gold medals (seven individual; two team) and three individual silver medals. His medals came in a wide range of events: 1,500 metres, 3,000 metres (team), 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres, steeplechase and cross-country. In 1932, he was banned for alleged professionalism and missed the chance to add the 1932 marathon, for which he was one of the favorites, to his list of Olympic...

Paavo in numbers

3
Olympics
Olympics
12
medals
Gold medal:9 Silver medal:3 Bronze medal:
  • Amsterdam
    Amsterdam 1928
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Amsterdam
    Amsterdam 1928
    • 2 Silver medal
      Athletics
      5,000 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      10,000 metres
    • 2 Silver medal
      Athletics
      3,000 metres Steeplechase
  • Paris
    Paris 1924
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Paris
    Paris 1924
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      1,500 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      5,000 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      Cross-Country, Individual
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      Cross-Country, Team
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      3,000 metres, Team
  • Antwerp
    Antwerp 1920
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Antwerp
    Antwerp 1920
    • 2 Silver medal
      Athletics
      5,000 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      10,000 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      Cross-Country, Individual
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      Cross-Country, Team

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