Heli Rantanen

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Heli Rantanen (born 26 February 1970) is a retired Finnish track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. She was an Olympic Champion, having won gold in 1996. Her winning throw of 67.94 m was more than two metres ahead of the silver medalist. She was the first Nordic woman to become an Olympic Champion in athletics.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Finland
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 19th 54.02 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 6th 62.34 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 11th 53.14 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 65.04 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 1st 67.94 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 10th 62.64 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 62.34 m