Janne Holmén

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Janne Holmén
Janne Holmen.jpg
Personal information
Birth name Janne Holmén
Full name Janne Sven-Åke Holmén
Nationality Finnish
Born (1977-09-26) 26 September 1977 (age 36)
Jomala, Åland, Finland
Residence Uppsala, Sweden
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)
Country  Finland
Sport Running
Event(s) Marathon
Club Jomala IK/IF Åland
Coached by Rune Holmén
Retired 3 July 2009
Achievements and titles
World finals 2005: Marathon DNF
2007: Marathon 9th
Regional finals 2002: Marathon  Gold
2006: Marathon 7th
Olympic finals 2004: Marathon 22nd
2008: Marathon 19th
Personal best(s) 5000 m: 13:35.62 (2001)
10,000 m: 28:09.94 (2003)
10 km road 28:31 (2002, NR)
Half marathon: 1:02:35 (2007)
Marathon: 2:10:46 (2008, NR)

Janne Sven-Åke Holmén (born 26 September 1977, in Jomala, Åland) is a former Finnish long-distance runner.

Holmén's biggest achievement was winning the marathon event in the 2002 European Championships in Athletics in Munich, Germany, finishing in 2:12:14. In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Holmén finished in 22nd place, with the time 2:17:50. In the 2006 European Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg, Sweden, Holmén finished in seventh place with a time of 2:13:10. In the 2007 World Championships in Athletics Janne Hólmen took ninth place with time of 2:19:36. In the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Holmén finished in 19th place, with the time 2:14:44.

Holmén concentrated mainly on championship marathons where he generally succeeded well. His personal record time is 2:10:46, run in Rotterdam 2008. This is also the current Finnish record. He ended his athletics career in 2009 and concentrated on an academic career.

Holmén comes from a family of runners; his mother Nina was herself a European champion in 3000 metres in the 1974 European Championships, and his father Rune served as his trainer, in addition to being a former runner. Holmén currently lives in Uppsala, Sweden, with wife Laila Skah (sister of Khalid Skah) and two sons. He has converted to Islam.

Holmén has been studying at the University of Uppsala, and in 2006 he obtained a doctoral degree for his thesis Den politiska läroboken: Bilden av USA och Sovjetunionen i norska, svenska och finländska läroböcker under Kalla kriget, a study of Scandinavian school books and their portrayal of the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Personal bests[edit]

  • 5000m 13:35.62 (Lappeenranta 15.7.2001)
  • 10000m 28:09.94 (Turku 15.6.2003)
  • 10 km road 28:31 (NR) (Madrid 2002)
  • Half marathon 1:02:35 (Sevilla 16.12.2007)
  • Marathon 2:10:46 (NR) (Rotterdam 13.4.2008)

External links[edit]

Holmén leading the pack at the 10,000 m Challenge 2009, where he finished third.