Lauri Pihkala

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Lauri Pihkala
Lauri Pihkala 2.jpg
Personal information
Born 5 January 1888
Pihtipudas, Finland
Died 20 May 1981 (aged 93)
Helsinki, Finland
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800 m, high jump, discus throw
Club HKV, Helsinki
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 m – 1:58.1 (1911)
HJ – 1.75 m (1909)
DT – 31.40 m (1906)[1]
A 1988 postage stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lauri "Tahko" Pihkala.

Lauri "Tahko" Pihkala (born Gummerus, 5 January 1888 – 20 May 1981) was the inventor of pesäpallo, the Finnish variant of baseball.[2] In 1969 he became one of the first persons to receive an honorary doctorate in Sport Sciences from the University of Jyväskylä, together with president Urho Kekkonen and Professor Kaarina Kari.

Athletics[edit]

Lauri Pihkala at the Olympic Games
Games Event Rank Result Notes
1908 Summer Olympics High jump 16th 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) Height was measured in inches. Source: [3]
Discus throw 12th–42nd unknown Source: [4]
Shot put Did not start Source: [5]
1912 Summer Olympics 800 metres, heats Did not finish

In the 1910s he became the first Finnish professional coach in athletics, and also worked as a physical education instructor with the Finnish Army.[2]

Pihkala was known for being an avid sports fan, and he developed several outdoor games.

Other[edit]

During the Finnish Civil War he was responsible for propaganda in the White Guard flying unit "Devils of Kuhmoinen" of major Hans Kalm.

Pihkala was also a right-wing political activist. He supported eugenics as a means to improve the military prowess of the Finnish people.

In March 1918 Pihkala led a massacre in Harmoinen village in Finland. Patients and nurses in a field hospital for red fighters were murdered.[6][better source needed]

Memorial of Pihkala by sculptor Nina Sailo was unveiled in 1988 on the south-east side of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lauri Pihkala. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b Lauri Pihkala (1888-1981). Suomen urheilun Hall of Fame
  3. ^ Mallon, Bill; Buchanan, Ian (2001). The 1908 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, With Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina, United States: McFarland. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-7864-0598-5. 
  4. ^ Mallon, Bill; Buchanan, Ian (2001). The 1908 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, With Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina, United States: McFarland. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-7864-0598-5. 
  5. ^ Mallon, Bill; Buchanan, Ian (2001). The 1908 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, With Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina, United States: McFarland. p. 112, endnote 238. ISBN 978-0-7864-0598-5. 
  6. ^ Harmoinen massacre (1918)
  7. ^ "Lauri Tahko Pihkala". HAM. Helsinki Art Museum. Retrieved 17 March 2018. 

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