Salminen at the 1936 Olympics
|Born||21 September 1902
|Died||5 January 1986 (aged 83)
|Height||181 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||66 kg (146 lb)|
|Event(s)||5000 m, 10000 m|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||5000 m – 14:22.0 (1939)
10000 m – 30:05.5 (1937)
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.
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.
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.
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|Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
18 July 1937 – 29 September 1938