Vesa Rantanen

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Vesa Rantanen in Kalevan kisat 2008

Vesa Rantanen (born 2 December 1975 in Jalasjärvi) is a retired Finnish pole vaulter.

He competed at the World Championships in 1997 and 1999, the 2002 European Championships and the 2004 Olympic Games without ever reaching the final.

His personal best vault is 5.72 metres, achieved in July 2001 in Hamburg. The Finnish record currently belongs to Jani Lehtonen with 5.82 metres.[1]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Finland
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 11th (q) 5.00 m [2]
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 4th 5.50 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 23rd (q) 5.45 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 17th (q) 5.30 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 20th (q) 5.50 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 15th (q) 5.25 m
2003 Universiade Daegu, South Korea 6th 5.40 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 22nd (q) 5.50 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 11th (q) 5.60 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 17th (q) 5.50 m


  1. ^ Finnish athletics records Archived July 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ No mark in the final