Jukka Keskisalo

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Jukka Keskisalo
Jukka Keskisalo Ruotsiottelu 2014.jpg
Personal information
Full name Jukka Pekka Sakari Keskisalo[1]
Nationality Finnish
Born (1981-03-27) 27 March 1981 (age 34)[1][2]
Varkaus, Finland[1]
Residence Joensuu, Finland
Height 184 cm (6 ft 12 in)[1][2]
Weight 66 kg (146 lb; 10.4 st)[1][2]
Website www.jukkakeskisalo.fi
Sport
Country  Finland
Sport Running
Event(s) 3000 m steeplechase
Club Joensuun Kataja[1][2]
Coached by Tommy Ekblom 2001-08
Risto Ulmala 2009
Ismo Hämäläinen 2009-
Achievements and titles
World finals 2003: 3000 m st 9th
2005: 3000 m st 7h2
2009: 3000 m st 8th
Regional finals 2006: 3000 m st 1st
National finals 2008: 3000 m st 1st
2009: 1500 m 1st
Olympic finals 2008: 3000m st DNS
Personal best(s) 1500 m: 3:38.90 (2009)
3000 m: 7:49.05 (2009)
5000 m: 13:39.81 (2009)
10,000 m: 29:07.66 (2009)
3000 m st: 8:10.67 (2009, NR)

Jukka Pekka Sakari Keskisalo (born March 27, 1981) is a Finnish athlete competing in 3000 m steeplechase and 1500 m. He won the 3000 m steeplechase at the 2006 European Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg and was also an Olympian in 2012.

Biography[edit]

Background[edit]

Born in Varkaus, Pohjois-Savo, Keskisalo took a medal in the junior race at the Nordic Cross Country Championships, winning the bronze in 2000.

Senior athletics career[edit]

2000s[edit]

Keskisalo finished ninth at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris with his then personal best time, 8:17.72. The next two seasons were hampered by injuries, but he made a strong comeback in 2006 by taking surprise gold at the 2006 European Championships in Athletics. He ran a tactical race, taking advantage of a slow early pace and staying at the rear of the field until the last 500 metres, when he sprinted and overtook the other competitors one by one.[3]

Less than a week after the European Championships, Keskisalo placed fourth at the Golden League meet in Zürich with his new record time 8:16.74. Later, Keskisalo was voted Finnish Sportspersonality of the year, ahead of Tanja Poutiainen and Tero Pitkämäki.[4]

In 2007 Keskisalo suffered from injuries again. In 2008 he competed for a place in and was selected for the Olympics, however he injured just a few days before his event and was not able to compete. Later in the autumn it was announced that Risto Ulmala would replace Tommy Ekblom as his coach.[5]

In 2009 Keskisalo broke his personal best record time twice before the World Championships in Berlin; first a time of 8:15.59 when finishing third at the Golden League event Meeting Areva in Paris, and later a time of 8:12.93 at the Super Grand Prix event Herculis in Monaco. At the World Championships steeplechase final Keskisalo achieved his best result at the global level when finishing eighth with a time of 8:14.47. On 28 August Keskisalo finally broke Tapio Kantanen's 33 years old Finnish record when finishing sixth in a time of 8:10.67 in Weltklasse Zürich. Keskisalo split from coach Ulmala after the 2009 season.[6] His new coach Ismo Hämäläinen was announced in October 2009. Hämäläinen is more known from cross country skiing and had coached Germany in sprint skiing shortly before.[7]

2010s[edit]

In 2012 Keskisalo was able to compete at the Olympics but did not finish the steeplechase final.[8]

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