Finland at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Finland at the Olympic Games

Flag of Russia, which flew over
the Grand Duchy of Finland
IOC code  FIN
NOC Finnish Olympic Committee
Website sport.fi/olympiakomitea (Finnish)
At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 67
Medals
Rank: 13
Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
3
Total
5
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Finland competed at the Summer Olympic Games for the first time at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The Grand Duchy of Finland was part of the Russian Empire at the time, but Finland's results are kept separate from those of Russia.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Weckman, VernerVerner Weckman Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman Light-Heavyweight (93 kg)
 Silver Saarela, YrjöYrjö Saarela Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman Light-Heavyweight (93 kg)
 Bronze Forsström, EinoEino Forsström
Otto Granström
Johan Kemp
Jivari Kyykoski
Heikki Lehmusto
John Lindroth
Yrjö Linko
Edvard Linna
Matti Markkanen
Kaarlo Kustaa Paasia
Arvi Pohjanpää
Aarne Pohjonen
Eino Railio
Heikki Riipinen
Arno Saarinen
Einari Verner Sahlstein
Arne Salovaara
Kaarlo Sandelin
Elias Sipilä
Viktor Smeds
Kaarlo Soinio
Kurt Enoch Stenberg
Väinö Tiiri
Magnus Wegelius
Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around
 Bronze Jarvinen, VernerVerner Jarvinen Athletics Men's Discus
 Bronze Linden, ArvoArvo Linden Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman Lightweight (66.6 kg)

Results by event[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Finland's best athletics result was Verner Järvinen's bronze medal in the Greek-style discus throw.

Event Place Athlete Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 100 metres Heats Ragnar Stenberg Unknown
5th, heat 7
Did not advance
Men's 200 metres Heats Ragnar Stenberg Unknown
3rd, heat 4
Did not advance
Men's 800 metres Semi-
finalist
Fredrik Svanstrom None held Unknown
5th, heat 7
Did not advance
Men's 1500 metres Semi-
finalist
Fredrik Svanstrom None held Unknown
3rd, heat 5
Did not advance
Men's marathon 10th Kalle Nieminen None held 3:09:50.8
Event Place Athlete Height/
Distance
Men's high jump 16th Lauri Pihkala 1.67 metres
Lauri Wilskman No mark
Men's triple jump 18-20 Juho Halme Unknown
Men's standing long jump 8-25 Jarl Jakobsson Unknown
Men's shot put 7th Jalmari Sauli 12.58 metres
9-25 Juho Halme Unknown
Verner Järvinen Unknown
Elmer Niklander Unknown
Bruno Zilliacus Unknown
Men's discus throw 4th Verner Järvinen 39.43 metres
12-42 Elmer Niklander Unknown
Lauri Pihkala Unknown
Aarne Salovaara Unknown
Jalmari Sauli Unknown
Lauri Wilskman Unknown
Men's javelin throw 4th Aarne Salovaara 45.89 metres
5th Armas Pesonen 45.18 metres
6th Juho Halme 44.96 metres
7th Jalmari Sauli Unknown
8-16 Evert Jakobsson Unknown
Jarl Jakobsson Unknown
Men's Greek discus 3rd Verner Järvinen 36.48 metres
9th Elmer Niklander 32.46 metres
Men's freestyle javelin 6th Armas Pesonen 46.04 metres
8th Jalmari Sauli 43.30 metres
9th Juho Halme 39.88 metres
10-33 Evert Jakobsson Unknown
Jarl Jakobsson Unknown
Verner Järvinen Unknown
Johan Kemp Unknown
Aarne Salovaara Unknown

Diving[edit]

Event Place Diver Preliminary
groups
Semi-
finals
Final
Men's 10 metre platform 6th Toivo Aro 69.50 points
2nd, group 5
62.70 points
3rd, group 1
Did not advance
13th Oscar Wetzell 69.70 points
4th, group 1
Did not advance
Men's 3 metre springboard 11th Oscar Wetzell 70.83 points
2nd, group 3
70.10
6th, semifinal 1
Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Event Place Gymnast Score
Men's all-around 75th Riku Korhonen Unknown
Unknown Eetu Kosonen Unknown
Iivari Partanen Unknown
Jaska Saarivuori Unknown
David Teivonen Unknown
Event Place Gymnast Score
Men's team 3rd Eino Forsström, Otto Granström, Johan Kemp, Jivari Kyykoski, Heikki Lehmusto, John Lindroth, Yrjö Linko, Edvard Linna, Matti Markkanen, Kaarlo Mikkolainen, Veli Nieminen, Kaarlo Kustaa Paasia, Arvi Pohjanpää, Aarne Pohjonen, Eino Railio, Heikki Riipinen, Arno Saarinen, Einari Verner Sahlstein, Arne Salovaara, Kaarlo Sandelin, Elias Sipilä, Viktor Smeds, Kaarlo Soinio, Kurt Enoch Stenberg, Väinö Tiiri, Magnus Wegelius 405

Shooting[edit]

Event Place Shooter Score
Men's 300 metre free rifle 17th Voitto Kolho 788
30th Frans Nässling 733
37th Huvi Tuiskinen 697
38th Heikki Huttunen 686
39th Lauri Kolho 672
41st Emil Nässling 657
44th Gustav Nyman 615
45th Karl Reilin 584
46th Heikki Hallamaa 576
Men's team free rifle 8th Frans Nässling
Gustav Nyman
Heikki Huttunen
Voitto Kolho
Emil Nässling
Huvi Tuiskinen
3962

Swimming[edit]

Event Place Swimmer Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 100 metre backstroke Heats Hugo Jonsson Unknown
3rd, heat 1
Did not advance
John Henrikssen Unknown
3rd, heat 2
Men's 200 metre breaststroke Heats John Henrikssen Unknown
3rd, heat 5
Did not advance
Herman Cederberg Unknown
4-5, heat 2
Hugo Jonsson Did not finish
—, heat 6

Wrestling[edit]

Finland was one of the most successful wrestling nations in 1908, with three of the four Finnish wrestlers medalling. The four amassed an 85% victory rate against opponents from other nations.

Event Place Wrestler Round
of 32
Round
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Greco-Roman lightweight 3rd Arvo Lindén Defeated
Hansen
Defeated
Carlsen
Defeated
Møller
Lost to
Orlov
Defeated
Persson
Greco-Roman light heavyweight 1st Verner Weckman Bye Defeated
West
Defeated
Larsson
Defeated
Payr
Defeated
Saarela
2nd Yrjö Saarela Defeated
Nielsen
Defeated
Nixson
Defeated
Dubois
Defeated
Jensen
Lost to
Weckman
9th Jussi Kivimäki Bye Lost to
Westrop
Did not advance
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Belgium 2 0 1.000
Denmark 4 0 1.000
Great Britain 2 0 1.000
Hungary 1 0 1.000
Netherlands 0 1 .000
Russia 0 1 .000
Sweden 2 0 1.000
Total international 11 2 .846
Finland 1 1 .500
Total 12 3 .800

Sources[edit]

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Top London 1908 Olympians". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 9 June 2006.