||31 May 1949
Tapio Kantanen (born 31 May 1949 in Heinola) was a Finnish athlete, who mainly competed in the 3,000 metre steeple chase.
He competed for Finland at the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany where he won the bronze medal in the 3,000 metres steeplechase event. He also competed in the 5,000 metres at Munich, but did not qualify for the final. At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he finished fourth in the 3,000 metres steeplechase.