Heli Rantanen

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Heli Rantanen (born 26 February 1970 in Lammi) is a Finnish javelin thrower, who won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. She won with a throw of 67.94 meters, more than two meters ahead of the silver medalist, Louise McPaul of Australia. Rantanen 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

References, external link[edit]

  • Sporting-heroes.net - [1]