Sinikka Kukkonen

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Sinikka Kukkonen
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Women's orienteering
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1972 Jicin Relay
Silver medal – second place 1976 Aviemore Relay
Women's ski-orienteering
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1975 Hyvinkää Individual
Gold medal – first place 1975 Hyvinkää Relay
Gold medal – first place 1977 Velingrad Relay
Gold medal – first place 1980 Avesta Relay
Silver medal – second place 1982 Aigen im Ennstal Relay
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Velingrad Individual

Sinikka Kukkonen (born 1 August 1947 in Tervo) is a Finnish orienteering competitor. She is World Champion in both orienteering and ski orienteering. She became the first World Champion in ski orienteering, in 1975.[1]

Orienteering career[edit]

At the World Orienteering Championships in 1970 Kukkonen placed 32nd in the individual event, and participated on the Finnish relay team that placed fourth.[2] She was a member of the Finnish winning team at the 1972 World Orienteering Championships, together with team mates Pirjo Seppä and Liisa Veijalainen, and placed 25th in the individual contest.[3][4] At the 1974 World Championships she placed 22nd in the individual, and fifth in the relay.[5] She won a silver medal at the 1976 relay event, together with Outi Borgenström and Liisa Veijalainen, and placed seventh in the individual contest.[3][6] She also participated in the 1978 World Championships, where she placed 22nd in the individual contest.[7]

Ski orienteering career[edit]

Kukkonen participated at the first official World Ski Orienteering Championships, held in Hyvinkää, Finland, in 1975. At these championships she won a gold medal in the individual event, 46 seconds ahead of Agneta Månsson from Sweden. She also won a gold medal in the relay, together with team mates Raili Sallinen and Aila Flöjt.[1][8] At the 1977 World Championships in Velingrad, Bulgaria, she won a gold medal in the relay, with Kaija Halonen and Aila Flöjt, and a bronze medal in the individual contest.[9] In 1980 Kukkonen placed fourth in the individual contest, and won a gold medal with the Finnish relay team, together with Mirja Puhakka and Kaija Silvennoinen.[10] At the 1982 World Championships she won a silver medal in the relay, together with team mates Sirpa Kukkonen and Mirja Puhakka, and she placed shared fourth in the individual contest.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ХРОНОЛОГИЯ МИРОВОГО СПОРТИВНОГО ОРИЕНТИРОВАНИЯ. (Период с 1961 года (основание IOF) по 1997 год (100-летие ориентирования))" (in Russian). Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "WOC 1970 DDR. Friedrichroda, Democratic Republic of Germany, 27–29 September". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b World Orienteering Championship, senior statistics 1966-2006 (Retrieved on January 18, 2008)
  4. ^ "WOC 1972 TCH. Staré Splavy, Czechoslovakia, 14–16 September 1972". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "WOC 1974 DEN. Viborg, Denmark, 20–22 September 1974". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "WOC 1976 GBR. Aviemore, Great Britain, 24–26 September 1976". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "WOC 1978 NOR. Kongsberg, Norway, 15–17 September 1978". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "SKI-WOC 1975 FIN. Hyvinkää, Finland 1975". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "SKI-WOC 1977 BUL. Velingrad, Bulgaria 1977". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "SKI-WOC 1980 SWE. Avesta, Sweden 1980". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  11. ^ "SKI-WOC 1982 AUT. Aigen/Ennstal, Austria 1982". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 29 March 2009.