Eino Rastas

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Eino Rastas
Eino Rastas 1928.jpg
Rastas at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Born 17 July 1894
Valkeala, Finland
Died 7 January 1965 (aged 69)
Kuusankoski, Finland
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 5000 m, 10,000 m, marathon
Club Valkealan Roima
Selänpään Jäykät
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 5000 m – 15:00.6 (1926)
10,000 m – 31:42.7 (1923)
Marathon – 2:40:40 (1928)[1][2]

Eino Rastas (17 July 1894 – 7 January 1965) was a Finnish long-distance runner. Rastas was a three-time Finnish champion and competed in the Summer Olympics in 1920, 1924 and 1928; in 1920 and 1924 he was part of Finland's gold medal winning cross-country teams, though his results did not count for the team total in either case.

Career[edit]

Rastas won his first medals at the Finnish national championships in 1917, winning gold in the 10,000 metres and silver at 5000 metres.[3] At the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp he represented Finland in the cross-country race, placing 18th; the race doubled as a team event, which Finland won, but only the results of the best three finishers (Paavo Nurmi, Heikki Liimatainen and Teodor Koskenniemi) counted for the team result.[1]

At the 1924 Olympics in Paris Rastas represented Finland in both the 5000 m and the cross-country race, the latter again doubling as a team competition. The 5000 m was held first; Rastas won his heat and placed 11th in the final.[1] The conditions for the cross-country race were extremely hot and demanding, and the majority of runners failed to finish; this included Rastas, who dropped out shortly after the halfway point. Two other Finns (Väinö Sipilä and Eero Berg) also dropped out, but Finland still won the team race again.[4][5]

Rastas made a third and final Olympic appearance in 1928, this time in the marathon; he placed fourteenth.[1] In total, Rastas won 10 medals at the Finnish championships, including three gold medals; in addition to his 10,000 m gold from 1917, he won both the 5000 m and 10,000 m in 1922.[3]

Rastas worked as a senior conductor at the Finnish railways.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Eino Rastas Bio, Stats and Results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ Eino Rastas. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ a b Eino Rastas at Tilastopaja (in Finnish) (registration required)
  4. ^ Jukola, Martti (1935). Huippu-urheilun historia (in Finnish). Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö.
  5. ^ Les Jeux de la VIIIE Olympiade Paris 1924: Rapport Officiel (PDF) (in French). French Olympic Committee. p. 154. Retrieved 17 July 2015.