Ville Pörhölä

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Ville Pörhölä
Ville Pörhölä in 1920
Personal information
Full nameFrans Wilhelm Pörhölä
Born24 December 1897
Alatornio, Finland
Died28 November 1964 (aged 66)
Oulu, Finland
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90–105 kg (198–231 lb)
Event(s)Shot put, discus throw, hammer throw
ClubOulun Pyrintö, Oulu
Kuopion Urheilu-Veikot, Kuopio
Kajaanin Kipinä, Kajaani
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)SP – 14.87 m (1925)
DT – 41.48 m (1920)
HT – 53.77 m (1931)
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1920 Antwerp Shot put
Silver medal – second place 1932 Los Angeles Hammer throw
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1934 Turin Hammer throw

Frans Wilhelm "Ville" Pörhölä (originally Horneman, 24 December 1897 – 28 November 1964) was a Finnish athlete who competed in shot put, discus throw, hammer throw and weight throw.[1]

Pörhölä won the gold medal in shot put at the 1920 Summer Olympics. He also competed in discus throw finishing in eighth place and in weight throw in which he was ninth. He later concentrated on work leaving his sports career behind him. He re-emerged in the sports scene as a hammer thrower in 1929, and later became an Olympic silver medalist in 1932 and European champion in 1934. At his last Olympics in 1936 he finished 11th.[2]

Nationally, Pörhölä won eight Finnish titles: in standing triple jump in 1922, in shot put in 1929–31 and in hammer throw in 1934–35. He also won the British AAA shot put title in 1922. His trademark was wearing a cap in competitions.[2]

After retiring from competitions, Pörhölä worked for a large Finnish timber company, eventually becoming its managing director. He also served as president of the Sports Federation of Lapland in 1946–50.[2]

Pörhölä originated from the island of Röyttä, near Tornio, and was known in Finland as Röyttän karhu ("The Bear from Röyttä").[2]


  1. ^ "Ville Pörhölä". Olympedia. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ville Pörhölä". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.