|Competitor for Finland|
|Gold||1936 Berlin||10,000 metres|
|Gold||1934 Turin||10,000 metres|
|Gold||1938 Paris||10,000 metres|
|Bronze||1934 Turin||5000 metres|
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 6 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.
|Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
18 July 1937 – 29 September 1938
|President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games