Valentin Kononen

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Valentin Kononen
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Born March 7, 1969

Valentin Kononen (born 7 March 1969 in Helsinki) is a Finnish former race walker. His competitive accomplishments include winning several medals in major competitions, which ranks him as one of the top Finnish performer in his sport.

Kononen's most notable achievement was winning a gold medal in the 1995 World Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg. He also won silver medals in the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart and the 1998 European Championships in Budapest.

Fastest 50km race results[edit]

  • 3.39.34 (1) Dudince March 26, 2000
  • 3.41.09 (3) Podebrady April 20, 1997 (World Race Walking Cup)
  • 3.42.02 (2) Stuttgart August 21, 1993 (World Championships)
  • 3.42.50 (3) Beijing April 30, 1995
  • 3.43.42 (1) Gothenburg August 11, 1995
  • 3.44.28 (2) Budapest August 21, 1998 (European Championships)
  • 3.45.19 (2) Naumburg April 28, 1996
  • 3.47.14 (7) Helsinki August 13, 1994 (European Championships)
  • 3.47.40 (7) Atlanta August 2, 1996 (Olympic Games)
  • 3.48.50 (9) Dudince April 25, 1998

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Finland
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 6th 50 km 4:03:07
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 7th 50 km 3:57:21
1993 World Race Walking Cup Monterrey, Mexico 6th 50 km 3:57:28
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 7th 50 km 3:47:14
1995 World Race Walking Cup Beijing, PR China 3rd 50 km 3:42:50
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 50 km DSQ

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