Mikko Hietanen

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Mikko Hietanen
Mikko Hietanen - Signature.jpg
Personal information
Full name Mikko Hietanen
Nationality Finnish
Born 22 September 1911
Uusikirkko, Karelia
Died 3 February 1999(1999-02-03) (aged 87)
Laukaa, Central Finland
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 54 kg (119 lb; 8.5 st)
Sport Running
Event(s) Marathon
Club Uudenkylän Terävä
Kouvolan Urheilijat
Johanneksen Kireät
Pölläkkälän Ura
Lahden Ahkera
Vihtavuoren Pamaus

Mikko Hietanen (1911–1999) was a Finnish long-distance runner, European Champion and world record holder, who competed for his native country at the Summer Olympics in London 1948 and in Helsinki 1952.[1]


Mikko Hietanen was born in Uusikirkko, Karelia, 22 September 1911. He died in Laukaa, Central Finland, 3 February 1999.


Hietanen is best known for winning the gold medal in the men's marathon at the 1946 European Championships in Oslo, Norway.

In Oslo 1946, the marathon race took place on 22 August, which was the first day of the championships. At the same time, the final of the 10000 meter race was being held. As Viljo Heino of Finland was running towards victory in the 10000 meters, his fellow countryman Mikko Hietanen enterred Bislett Stadium as leader of the marathon. Inside the stadium, the marathon runners were running clockwise to the finish line using the outside lane. It so happened, that Heino and Hietanen met each other on the track as they were both running towards victory.[2]

In the marathon, Mikko Hietanen had the fastest time in the world in 1946, 1947 and 1948.[3] During his career, he set six new world records at distances between 15 miles and 30000 meters.[4]

Mikko Hietanen was not very successful in the Olympic Games. He took part in the marathon in London 1948, but did not finish the race due to promblems with his Achilles tendon. Four years later, on home soil in Helsinki, he finished in 17th place.[5]

Hietanen became Finnish champion in marathon four years in a row between 1945 and 1948.[6]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Finland
1946 European Championships Oslo, Norway 1st Marathon 2:24:55
Košice Peace Marathon Košice, Czechoslovakia 1st Marathon 2:35:02
1947 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 2nd Marathon 2:29:39
1948 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom Marathon DNF
1952 Olympic Games Helsinki, Finland 17th Marathon 2:34:01.0

World records[edit]

  • 25,000 m world record with 1:20.58,8 in Vuoksenniska, 17 June 1946
  • 25,000 m world record with 1:20.14,0 in Kokkola, 23 May 1948
  • 30,000 m world record with 1:40.49,8 in Jyväskylä, 28 September 1947
  • 30,000 m world record with 1:40.46,4 in Jyväskylä, 20 June 1948
  • 15 miles world record with 1:17.28,6 in Kokkola, 23 May 1948
  • 20 miles world record with 1:49.20,8 in Jyväskylä, 20 June 1948


  1. ^ Sports-reference. Mikko Hietanen. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  2. ^ Urheilun historia. Mikko Hietanen – sotaveteraanin voittojuoksu. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  3. ^ Yearly Ranking Leaders. Marathon. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  4. ^ World Record Progessions. Track. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  5. ^ Sports-reference. Mikko Hietanen. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  6. ^ Mikko Hietasen syntymästä 100 vuotta. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.