Mika Kristian Halvari (born February 13, 1970 in Kemi) is a Finnish shot putter who has quit active competition. When competing, he represented Kemin Kunto and Helsingin Kisa-Veikot, weighing in at 140 kg on his 190 cm frame.
Halvari won the 1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Barcelona, Spain and came in second in the World Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg, Sweden the same year. In 1998, he won a silver medal at the 1998 European Indoor Athletics Championships held in Valencia, Spain. In addition to his success internationally, Halvari has won 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze in the Finnish Championships.
Towards the end of his career, Halvari was injured numerous times; for example, his Achilles tendon snapped twice.
His personal best outdoors is 21.50 metres, which he put on July 9, 1995 in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Indoors, he still holds the Nordic record for his put of 22.09 m, which he achieved on February 7, 2000 in Tampere, Finland.
|1994||European Championships||Helsinki, Finland||4th|
|1995||World Indoor Championships||Barcelona, Spain||1st|
|World Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||2nd|
|1996||Olympic Games||Atlanta, United States||14th||19.37 m|
|1998||European Indoor Championships||Valencia, Spain||3rd|