Antti Ruuskanen

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Antti Ruuskanen
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Antti Ruuskanen at Savo Games in Lapinlahti (20 July 2014)
Personal information
Born (1984-02-21) February 21, 1984 (age 33)
Pielavesi
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Sport
Country  Finland
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin

Antti Hermanni Ruuskanen (born 21 February 1984) is a Finnish javelin thrower. He is the 2014 European Champion. He has a personal best of 88.98 m set in 2015 which ranks him as the #21 performer in history.

Career[edit]

He won the bronze medal at the 2003 European Junior Championships and the silver medal at the 2005 European U23 Championships. He was sixth at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

He finished third in London Olympics 2012,[1] but after Oleksandr Pyatnytsya was disqualified as he failed a subsequent doping test,[2] Ruuskanen moved to second place. He received his silver medal in February 2017 during a special ceremony at the 2017 World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti from the IOC president Thomas Bach.[3]

In 2013 he finished fifth at the World Championships in Moscow.

In 2014 he won the gold medal at the Europeans with a mark of 88.01m, beating Vítězslav Veselý (84.79m) and Tero Pitkämäki (84.40m).

In 2016 he won the bronze medal at the Europeans. He competed for Finland at the 2016 Summer Olympics where he placed 6th with a throw of 83.05 metres.[4] He was the flag bearer for Finland during the closing ceremony.[5]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Finland
2003 European Junior Championships Tampere, Finland 3rd 72.87 m
2005 European U23 Championships Erfurt, Germany 2nd 76.82 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 6th 81.87 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 9th 79.46 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd 84.12 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 5th 81.44 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 88.01 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 5th 87.12 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 3rd 82.44 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th 83.05 m

Seasonal bests by year[edit]

  • 2002 - 66.08
  • 2003 - 72.87
  • 2004 - 75.84
  • 2005 - 79.75
  • 2006 - 84.10
  • 2007 - 82.71
  • 2008 - 87.33
  • 2009 - 85.39
  • 2010 - 83.45
  • 2011 - 82.29
  • 2012 - 87.79
  • 2013 - 85.70
  • 2014 - 88.01
  • 2015 - 88.98
  • 2016 - 88.23

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walcott making waves for Trinidad and Tobago". International Olympic Committee. 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Ukrainian javelin thrower Oleksandr Pyatnytsya stripped of 2012 silver medal in doping case". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Antti Ruuskanen on nyt olympiahopeamitalisti - Puhtaan urheilun voitto". www.sportti.com. 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  5. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony". 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 

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