Iso-Hollo (right) runs with javelin thrower Tapio Rautavaara in 1951, gathering funds for the 1952 Summer Olympics.
|Competitor for Finland|
|Gold||1932 Los Angeles||3000 m steeplechase|
|Gold||1936 Berlin||3000 m steeplechase|
|Silver||1932 Los Angeles||10000 metres|
|Bronze||1936 Berlin||10000 metres|
Iso-Hollo won his first Olympic gold medal in the 3000 m steeplechase at the 1932 Summer Olympics. He was denied a chance at the world record because the officials lost count of the number of laps, because the official lap-counter was looking the wrong way, being absorbed in the decathlon pole vault. When Iso-Hollo went to his last lap, the official failed to ring the bell, and the entire field kept on running and so the finishing distance was 3460 m. If the distance were 3000 m, Iso-Hollo probably would have broken the world record. He also won the silver in the 10 000 m in Los Angeles.
In 1933, Iso-Hollo broke the 3000 m steeplechase world record after all, running 9.09.4 in Lahti and went to the 1936 Summer Olympics as a hot favourite. At Berlin, Iso-Hollo won the steeplechase by three seconds, finishing with a new world record of 9.03.8. The top three competitors all broke the existing world record. Iso-Hollo added a bronze in the 10 000 m to complete a set of Olympic medals.
- Wallechinsky, David and Kaime Loucky (2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics - 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press, Limited. pp. 122, 169.