Jukka Keskisalo

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Jukka Keskisalo
Jukka Keskisalo Ruotsiottelu 2014.jpg
Personal information
Birth name Jukka Keskisalo
Full name Jukka Pekka Sakari Keskisalo
Nationality Finnish
Residence Joensuu, Finland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb; 10.4 st)
Website www.jukkakeskisalo.fi
Country  Finland
Sport Running
Event(s) 3000 m steeplechase
Club Joensuun Kataja
Coached by Tommy Ekblom 2001-08
Risto Ulmala 2009
Ismo Hämäläinen 2009-
Achievements and titles
World finals 2003: 3000 m st 9th
2005: 3000 m st 7h2
2009: 3000 m st 8th
Regional finals 2006: 3000 m st 1st
National finals 2008: 3000 m st 1st
2009: 1500 m 1st
Olympic finals 2008: 3000m st DNS
Personal best(s) 1500 m: 3:38.90 (2009)
3000 m: 7:49.05 (2009)
5000 m: 13:39.81 (2009)
10,000 m: 29:07.66 (2009)
3000 m st: 8:10.67 (2009, NR)

Jukka Pekka Sakari Keskisalo (born March 27, 1981 in Varkaus) is a Finnish athlete competing in 3000 m steeplechase and 1500 m. He won 3000 m steeplechase at the European Championships in Gothenburg, 2006.


He took a medal in the junior race at the Nordic Cross Country Championships, winning the bronze in 2000. Keskisalo finished ninth at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris with his record time, 8:17.72. The next two seasons were hampered by injuries, but he made a strong comeback in 2006 by taking surprise gold at the 2006 European Championships in Athletics. He ran a tactical race, taking advantage of a slow early pace and staying at the rear of the field until the last 500 metres, when he sprinted and overtook the other competitors one by one.[1]

Less than a week after the European Championships, Keskisalo placed fourth at the Golden League meet in Zürich with his new record time 8:16.74. Later, Keskisalo was voted Finnish Sportspersonality of the year, ahead of Tanja Poutiainen and Tero Pitkämäki.[2]

In 2007 Keskisalo suffered from injuries again. In 2008 he competed for a place in and was selected for the Olympics, however he injured just a few days before his event and was not able to compete. Later in the autumn it was announced that Risto Ulmala would replace Tommy Ekblom as his coach.[3]

In 2009 Keskisalo broke his personal best record time twice before the World Championships in Berlin; first a time of 8:15.59 when finishing third at the Golden League event Meeting Areva in Paris, and later a time of 8:12.93 at the Super Grand Prix event Herculis in Monaco. At the World Championships steeplechase final Keskisalo achieved his best result at the global level when finishing eighth with a time of 8:14.47. On 28 August Keskisalo finally broke Tapio Kantanen's 33 years old Finnish record when finishing sixth in a time of 8:10.67 in Weltklasse Zürich. Keskisalo split from coach Ulmala after the 2009 season.[4] His new coach Ismo Hämäläinen was announced in October 2009. Hämäläinen is more known from cross country skiing and had coached Germany in sprint skiing shortly before.[5]

In 2012 Keskisalo was able to compete at the Olympics but did not finish the steeplechase final.[6]


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