Ilmari Salminen

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Ilmari Salminen
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Finland
Olympic Games
Gold 1936 Berlin 10,000 metres
European Championships
Gold 1934 Turin 10,000 metres
Gold 1938 Paris 10,000 metres
Bronze 1934 Turin 5000 metres

Ilmari R. Salminen (21 September 1902 – 5 January 1986) was a Finnish track and field athlete, winner of the 10,000 metres at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

He was born in Elimäki and died in Kouvola.

Salminen became one of the best long-distance runners in the 1930s when he began his international athletics career in 1934 by winning the 10,000 m and taking bronze in 5000 m at the first European Championships in Turin, thus becoming a main favorite at the Olympic 10,000 m run.

At the Berlin Olympics, Salminen, at first took the sixth place at the 5000 m final. On the next day, Salminen won against Arvo Askola and Volmari Iso-Hollo, two other Finns, in the 10,000 m final, winning only by 0.2 seconds.

In the next season, Salminen ran a new 10,000 m world record of 30:05.6. He also ran a new world record in six miles. Salminen finished his international career by winning the gold medal in 10,000 m at the 1938 European Championships and retired from athletics after the next season.


Preceded by
Finland Paavo Nurmi
Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
18 July 1937 – 29 September 1938
Succeeded by
Finland Taisto Mäki
Preceded by
United Kingdom Lord Burghley
President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games
Succeeded by
Australia Dunc Gray