Aarno Almqvist

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Arno Almqvist
Personal information
Born (1881-09-23)23 September 1881
Pori, Grand Duchy of Finland
Died 5 March 1940(1940-03-05) (aged 58)
Mikkeli, Finland
Sport Modern pentathlon

Arno Axel Almqvist (23 September 1881 – 5 March 1940) was a Finnish colonel and modern pentathlete.

Military career[edit]

Almqvist started his military career at Hamina Cadet School in Finland and then joined the Mikhailovskaya Artillery Military Academy in St. Petersburg. During the First World War he served as a captain at the Kronstadt naval fortress. Almqvist was later arrested by the Bolsheviks and spent five months in the dungeons of Kronstadt.[1]

At the Finnish Civil War Almqvist fought for the White Guards as a commander of an artillery battery. In May 1918, Almqvist was named as the commander of Suomenlinna coastal artillery regiment. From September 1923 to November 1924 he was the commander of Finnish Coastal Artillery. After his resignation Almqvist worked as a prison warden.[1]

Arno Almqvist died on Mikkeli bombings on March 1940. He was working for the Finnish army as a voluntary civilian.[1]

Sports career[edit]

Almqvist competed for Russia in the modern pentahlon at the 1912 Summer Olympics and finished 20th place.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Rannikon Puolustaja 3/1993 (pages 4–5) Retrieved 10 May 2013. (in Finnish)
  2. ^ "Aarno Almqvist Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24.