Tero Pitkämäki

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Tero Pitkämäki
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Pitkämäki after winning the gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.
Personal information
Born (1982-12-19) December 19, 1982 (age 32)
Ilmajoki, Finland
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Country  Finland
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin

Tero Kristian Pitkämäki (born 19 December 1982) is a Finnish javelin thrower and the former World Champion. He has a personal best of 91.53m set in 2005.[1]


Pitkämäki at the GE Money Grand Prix in Helsinki, July 2005.

Pitkämäki finished 8th in the javelin contest at the 2004 Summer Olympics with the result 83.01 m and has since developed into one of the world's leading javelin throwers. As of August 2005, he had thrown 91.53 m, hence he was one of the favorites at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, which were held in his home country. However, he was only fourth with a result of 81.27 m. Pitkämäki took his first medal by placing second at the 2006 European Championships in Athletics.[2]

On Friday 13 July 2007, during the IAAF Golden League meet at Rome's Olimpico Stadium, Tero Pitkämäki threw a javelin too far left and hit French long jumper Salim Sdiri in the side of the back. Sdiri was rushed to a local Rome hospital with non life-threatening injuries.[3]

On August 5, Pitkämäki won his 4th Finnish championship in a row with a throw of 89.43 meters. In the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan, Pitkämäki secured gold medal in men's javelin with a throw of 89.16 meters. With his last throw in the competition, he bettered his final result to 90.33 meters.[4]

On October 5, 2007, Tero Pitkämäki was honored with the European Athlete of the Year title by the EEA. His 11 wins over the season, including the World Champion title, Golden League in Oslo and Paris, and his season best, also best in Europe, 91.23 meter throw, were the factors for choosing him.[5] In December, Pitkämäki was voted Finnish Sportsman of the Year by the members of the Finnish Sport Journalists Association, beating women's triple world cross country skiing champion Virpi Kuitunen and Formula One world champion Kimi Räikkönen.[6]

Pitkämäki finished 3rd at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with the result of 86.16m and also took the bronze medal at the Europeans in 2010 in Barcelona with a throw of 86.67m.

He finished 5th at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with the result of 82.80m. His season best was 86.98m achieved in Stockholm a week after the Olympics.

In 2013 at the World Championships in Moscow he took the silver medal, finishing 10 centimeters behind Vítězslav Veselý.

In 2014 Pitkämäki finished third at the Europeans.

Seasonal bests by year[edit]

  • 1999 – 66.83
  • 2000 – 73.75
  • 2001 – 74.89
  • 2002 – 77.24
  • 2003 – 80.45
  • 2004 – 84.64
  • 2005 – 91.53
  • 2006 – 91.11
  • 2007 – 91.23
  • 2008 – 87.70
  • 2009 – 87.79
  • 2010 – 86.92
  • 2011 – 85.33
  • 2012 – 86.98
  • 2013 – 89.03
  • 2014 – 86.63


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