Mika Halvari

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Mika Kristian Halvari (born February 13, 1970 in Kemi) is a Finnish shot putter who has quit active competition. When competing, he represented Kemin Kunto and Helsingin Kisa-Veikot, weighing in at 140 kg on his 190 cm frame.

Halvari won the 1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Barcelona, Spain and came in second in the World Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg, Sweden the same year. In 1998, he won a silver medal at the 1998 European Indoor Athletics Championships held in Valencia, Spain. In addition to his success internationally, Halvari has won 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze in the Finnish Championships.

Towards the end of his career, Halvari was injured numerous times; for example, his Achilles tendon snapped twice.

His personal best outdoors is 21.50 metres, which he put on July 9, 1995 in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Indoors, he still holds the Nordic record for his put of 22.09 m, which he achieved on February 7, 2000 in Tampere, Finland.

Halvari was the 11th shotputter accepted into the 20 meter club.

Major achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Finland
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada 7th 16.78 m
1989 European Indoor Championships Varaždin, Yugoslavia 5th 17.96 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 25th (q) 18.19 m
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 8th 19.48 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 19.52 m
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 20.74 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 20.93 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 14th 19.37 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 6th 20.22 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 5th 20.13 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 3rd 20.59 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th 20.33 m
1999 World Championships Sevilla, Spain 16th (q) 19.61 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium NM

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