Elmer Niklander

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Elmer Niklander
Elmer Niklander 1912.jpg
Elmer Niklander at the 1912 Olympics
Personal information
Born 19 January 1890
Rutajärvi, Hausjärvi, Finland
Died 12 November 1942 (aged 52)
Helsinki, Finland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw, hammer throw, javelin throw, shot put
Club Helsingin Reipas, Helsinki
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) DT – 47.18 m (1916)
HT – 47.57 m (1916)
JT – 54.19 m (1916)
SP – 14.86 m (1913)[1]

Elmer Konstantin Niklander (19 January 1890 – 12 November 1942) was a Finnish athlete who competed in discus throw and shot put at the 1908, 1912, 1920 and 1924 Olympics. In 1924 he also served as the Olympic flag bearer for Finland.[2]

Niklander finished outside of the podium in 1908 and 1924 and won his first two medals in 1912, a silver in two-handed discus throw and a bronze in the two-handed shot put. In those two-handed throwing events the total was counted as a sum of best throws with a right hand and with a left hand. He finished fourth in the conventional discus throw and shot put. After having his career hampered by the First World War, he made a strong return at the 1920 Summer Olympics by winning gold in the discus throw and silver in the shot put.[3][4]

Niklander, nicknamed "Oitin kanuuna" ("Cannon from Oitti"), became an Olympic athlete through practice in his home yard and by taking part in athletic competitions arranged by the local fire department.[4] He won 44 national titles in various weight throwing events between 1909 and 1924.[3]


  1. ^ Elmer Niklander. trackfield.brinkster.net
  2. ^ Finland. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ a b Elmer Niklander. sports-reference.com
  4. ^ a b "Oitin kanuuna". YLE (in Finnish). Retrieved 28 December 2006.