Finland at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Finland at the Olympic Games

Flag of Finland
IOC code  FIN
NOC Finnish Olympic Committee
Website sport.fi/olympiakomitea (Finnish)
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
Competitors 53 in 12 sports
Flag bearer Thomas Johanson[1]
Medals
Rank: 62
Gold
0
Silver
2
Bronze
0
Total
2
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Finland competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. Finnish athletes have competed at every Olympic Games since its debut in 1908. The Finnish Olympic Committee (Finnish: Suomen Olympiakomitea, SO) sent the nation's smallest ever team to the Games after the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. A total of 53 athletes, 36 men and 17 women, competed only in 12 sports; the nation's team size was roughly denser from Sydney by a quarter of the athletes.

The Finnish team featured three returning Olympic medalists from Sydney: Greco-Roman wrestler Marko Yli-Hannuksela, rifle shooter Juha Hirvi, who won a silver in the men's rifle three positions, and competed at his fifth Olympic Games, and open skiff sailor and defending Olympic champion Thomas Johanson, who was appointed by the committee to carry the Finnish flag in the opening ceremony.[1] Other notable Finnish athletes included swimmers Hanna-Maria Seppälä and 1996 Olympic silver medalist Jani Sievinen, professional tennis player Jarkko Nieminen, javelin thrower and top medal contender Tero Pitkämäki, and hammer thrower Olli-Pekka Karjalainen.

Finland left Athens with a worst athletic performance, as the Finns failed to pick up a single gold for the first time in the entire Olympic history.[2] Two silver medals were awarded to the Finnish team for skeet shooter Marko Kemppainen, and Greco-Roman wrestler Marko Yli-Hannuksela, who had previously won a bronze from Sydney in the men's 74 kg category.[3][4]

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Silver Kemppainen, MarkoMarko Kemppainen Shooting Men's skeet August 22
 Silver Yli-Hannuksela, MarkoMarko Yli-Hannuksela Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg August 26

Archery[edit]

One Finnish archer qualified for the women's individual archery.

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
Mari Piuva Women's individual 615 49  Nasaridze (TUR)
W 136–133
 Folkard (GBR)
L 151–156
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Finnish athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard).[5][6]

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 Final
Result Rank
Janne Holmén Marathon 2:17:50 22
Jani Lehtinen 50 km walk 4:05:35 28
Jussi Utriainen Marathon DNF
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Oskari Frösén High jump 2.20 25 Did not advance
Olli-Pekka Karjalainen Hammer throw 76.11 15 Did not advance
Esko Mikkola Javelin throw 83.64 4 Q 79.43 11
Matti Mononen Pole vault 5.65 17 Did not advance
Matti Närhi Javelin throw 81.06 10 Q 80.28 10
Tero Pitkämäki 82.04 7 Q 83.01 8
Vesa Rantanen Pole vault 5.50 =22 Did not advance
Tepa Reinikainen Shot put 19.74 13 Did not advance
David Söderberg Hammer throw 74.14 22 Did not advance
Ville Tiisanoja Shot put 19.50 19 Did not advance
Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Jaakko Ojaniemi Result 10.68 7.50 14.97 1.94 49.12 15.01 40.35 4.60 59.26 4:35.71 8006 16
Points 933 935 788 749 856 848 672 790 727 708
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Johanna Manninen 100 m 11.45 5 Did not advance
200 m 23.45 5 Did not advance
Kirsi Mykkanen 400 m 52.53 6 N/A Did not advance
Kirsi Valasti 5000 m 15:33.78 10 N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Mikaela Ingberg Javelin throw 60.80 13 Did not advance
Taina Kolkkala 61.16 10 Q 60.72 10
Heli Koivula Kruger Long jump 6.50 16 Did not advance
Triple jump 13.98 23 Did not advance
Sini Pöyry Hammer throw 66.05 23 Did not advance
Paula Tarvainen Javelin throw 56.88 28 Did not advance
Combined events – Heptathlon
Athlete Event 100H HJ SP 200 m LJ JT 800 m Final Rank
Tiia Hautala Result 13.99 1.70 11.56 26.10 4.39 DNS DNF
Points 980 855 632 788 401 0

Badminton[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Kasperi Salo Men's singles  Joppien (GER)
L 17–14, 7–15, 11–15
Did not advance
Antti Viitikko  Shon S-M (KOR)
L 12–15, 3–15
Did not advance
Anu Weckström Women's singles  Mori (JPN)
L 5–11, 4–11
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Sprint[edit]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Kimmo Latvamäki Men's K-1 500 m 1:40.645 5 q 1:40.753 6 Did not advance
Jenni Honkanen Women's K-1 500 m 1:55.244 4 q 1:53.050 2 Q 1:53.937 8

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify to final; q = Qualify to semifinal

Diving[edit]

Finnish divers qualified for two individual spots at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Men
Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Jukka Piekkanen 3 m springboard 359.22 29 Did not advance
Joona Puhakka 414.69 13 Q 624.60 14 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Finland has qualified a single judoka.

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Timo Peltola Men's −100 kg  Vásquez (DOM)
W 1001–0001
 Makarau (BLR)
L 0000–0200
Did not advance  Zhitkeyev (KAZ)
L 0001–0221
Did not advance

Sailing[edit]

Finnish sailors have qualified one boat for each of the following events.

Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Sari Multala Europe 8 9 11 6 10 1 9 2 15 24 14 85 5
Open
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 M*
Roope Suomalainen Laser 35 5 24 12 10 12 33 32 11 13 N/A 8 160 19
Thomas Johanson
Jukka Piirainen
49er 14 7 2 9 8 6 9 7 5 6 9 13 14 12 15 4 111 8

M = Medal race; OCS = On course side of the starting line; DSQ = Disqualified; DNF = Did not finish; DNS= Did not start; RDG = Redress given

Shooting[edit]

Six Finnish shooters (four men and two women) qualified to compete in the following events:

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Juha Hirvi 10 m air rifle 580 45 Did not advance
50 m rifle prone 594 =9 Did not advance
50 m rifle 3 positions 1160 15 Did not advance
Marko Kemppainen Skeet 125 =WR 1 Q 149 (4) 2
Petri Nummela Trap 117 =14 Did not advance
Joonas Olkkonen Double rrap 118 25 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Marjo Yli-Kiikka 10 m air rifle 392 =22 Did not advance
50 m Rifle 3 Positions 571 =20 Did not advance
Maarit Lepomäki Skeet 67 =9 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Finnish swimmers earned qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the A-standard time, and 1 at the B-standard time):

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jere Hård 50 m freestyle 23.33 41 Did not advance
100 m butterfly 54.02 28 Did not advance
Matti Mäki 100 m backstroke 57.57 36 Did not advance
200 m backstroke 2:06.29 33 Did not advance
Jarno Pihlava 100 m breaststroke 1:01.99 13 Q 1:01.86 13 Did not advance
Matti Rajakylä 100 m freestyle 50.67 33 Did not advance
Jani Sievinen 200 m individual medley 2:02.79 20 Did not advance
Jere Hård
Jarno Pihlava
Matti Rajakylä
Jani Sievinen
4×100 m medley relay 3:41.64 11 N/A Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Eeva Saarinen 100 m breaststroke 1:11.39 23 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:34.17 22 Did not advance
Hanna-Maria Seppälä 50 m freestyle 26.01 24 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 56.01 =15 Q 55.59 12 Did not advance
100 m backstroke 1:05.55 36 Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Finland has qualified a single taekwondo jin.

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Teemu Heino Men's +80 kg  Nguyen (VIE)
L 5–8
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Finland nominated one male tennis player to compete in the tournament.

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Jarkko Nieminen Men's singles  Lu Y-H (TPE)
W 6–3, 6–3
 Mirnyi (BLR)
L 3–6, 4–6
Did not advance

Wrestling[edit]

Key:

  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Elimination Pool Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Marko Yli-Hannuksela −74 kg  Nagata (JPN)
W 3–0 PO
 Kobonov (KGZ)
W 3–0 PO
1 Q  Azcuy (CUB)
W 3–1 PP
 Bucher (SUI)
W 3–0 PO
 Dokturishvili (UZB)
L 1–3 PP
2
Juha Ahokas −120 kg  Deák-Bárdos (HUN)
L 0–3 PO
 Barzi (IRI)
L 1–3 PP
3 Did not advance 17

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Salo, Urho (13 August 2004). "Johanson kantaa Suomen lippua" [Johanson carries the Finnish flag] (in Finnish). Turun Sanomat. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "'Lambs' to the slaughter as Finns go home". Independent Online (South Africa). 30 August 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Benelli takes gold in men's skeet". ABC News Australia. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Silver medal for Marko Yli-Hannuksela in Greco-Roman wrestling". Helsingin Sanomat. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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