Ilmari Salminen

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Ilmari Salminen
Ilmari Salminen 1936.jpg
Salminen at the 1936 Olympics
Personal information
Born 21 September 1902
Elimäki, Finland
Died 5 January 1986 (aged 83)
Kouvola, Finland
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 5000 m, 10000 m
Club Kouvolan Urheilijat
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 5000 m – 14:22.0 (1939)
10000 m – 30:05.5 (1937)[1][2]

Ilmari R. Salminen (21 September 1902 – 5 January 1986) was a Finnish long-distance runner, winner of the 10,000 metres at the 1936 Summer Olympics.[1]

Salminen became one of the best long-distance runners in the 1930s when he began his international athletics career in 1934 by winning the 10,000 m and taking bronze in 5000 m at the first European Championships in Turin, thus becoming a main favorite at the Olympic 10,000 m run.[1]

At the Berlin Olympics, Salminen, at first took the sixth place at the 5000 m final. On the next day, Salminen won against Arvo Askola and Volmari Iso-Hollo, two other Finns, in the 10,000 m final, winning only by 0.2 seconds.[1]

In the next season, Salminen ran a new 10,000 m world record of 30:05.6. He also ran a new world record in six miles. Salminen finished his international career by winning the gold medal in 10,000 m at the 1938 European Championships and retired from athletics after the next season. He later became a sports official and headed the organizing committee of the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Ilmari Salminen Archived 11 October 2009 on Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ Ilmari Salminen.
Preceded by
Finland Paavo Nurmi
Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
18 July 1937 – 29 September 1938
Succeeded by
Finland Taisto Mäki