Sylvi Saimo

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Sylvi Saimo
Medal record
Women's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki K-1 500 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1950 Copenhagen K-1 500 m
Gold medal – first place 1950 Copenhagen K-2 500 m

Sylvi Saimo (November 12, 1914, Jaakkima – March 12, 2004) was a Finnish sprint canoer who competed in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Competing in two Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the K-1 500 m event at Helsinki in 1952. That was first gold medal by Finnish woman in Summer Olympics, and only for 44 years, until Heli Rantanen won gold in javelin throw at 1996.

Saimo also won two gold medals at the 1950 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Copenhagen, earning them in the K-1 500 m and K-2 500 m events.