Olli-Pekka Karjalainen

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Olli-Pekka Karjalainen
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Karjalainen in Gothenburg 2006
Personal information
Nationality Finnish
Born (1980-03-07) 7 March 1980 (age 35)
Töysä, Finland
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 115 kg (254 lb)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Hammer throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 83.30 (NR)

Olli-Pekka Karjalainen (born 7 March 1980 in Töysä) is a Finnish hammer thrower. The 1998 World Junior Champion, Karjalainen is the world junior record holder with 78.33 metres (7.26 kg). His personal best throw is 83.30, achieved in July 2004 in Lahti.

European Championships 2006[edit]

Karjalainen took his first medal at the 2006 European Championships by throwing 80.84. He finished second, but became the Champion in 2014 as IAAF decided to strip Ivan Tskikhan of Belarus of the gold medal for doping. Karjalainen was awarded with the gold medal in a ceremony arranged at the 2014 Finland-Sweden athletics international in Helsinki.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Finland
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 1st
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 24th
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 11th
European Junior Championships Riga, Latvia 1st
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 34th 69.64 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 10th
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 8th 78.57 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 14th 76.20 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 15th 76.11 m
World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 1st
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th
World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 2nd
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 80.84 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 9th
2008 Finnish Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 77.93 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 6th
2009 Finnish Championships Espoo, Finland 1st 77.76 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 16th 74.09 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 10th 73.70
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 9th 76.60 m


  1. ^ "Karjalainen finally to get his gold". Finland Times. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

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