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Volmari Iso-Hollo

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Volmari Iso-Hollo
Iso-Hollo running the steeplechase at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Personal information
Born(1907-01-05)5 January 1907
Ylöjärvi, Finland
Died23 June 1969(1969-06-23) (aged 62)
Heinola, Finland
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Event1500-10000 m
ClubHT, Helsinki
Keravan Urheilijat, Kerava
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1500 m – 3:54.3 (1936)
3000 mS – 9:03.8 (1936)
5000 m – 14:18.4 (1932)
10000 m – 30:12.6 (1932)[1][2]
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1932 Los Angeles 3000 m steeplechase
Gold medal – first place 1936 Berlin 3000 m steeplechase
Silver medal – second place 1932 Los Angeles 10000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1936 Berlin 10000 m

Volmari "Vomma" Fritijof Iso-Hollo (5 January 1907 – 23 June 1969)[3][4][5] was a Finnish runner. He competed at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics in the 3000 m steeplechase and 10000 m and won two gold, one silver and one bronze medals. Iso-Hollo was one of the last "Flying Finns", who dominated distance running between the World Wars.

Volmari Iso-Hollo, 1936 Summer Olympics

As a youth, Iso-Hollo did skiing, gymnastics and boxing, and took up running when he joined the army. He was successful over distances between 400 m and marathon.[1]

Iso-Hollo won his first Olympic gold medal in the 3000 m steeplechase at the 1932 Summer Olympics. He was denied a chance at the world record because the officials lost count of the number of laps – the lap-counter was looking the wrong way, being absorbed in the decathlon pole vault. When Iso-Hollo went to his last lap, the official failed to ring the bell, and the entire field kept on running, covering the distance of 3460 m. If the distance were 3000 m, Iso-Hollo probably would have broken the world record. He also won the silver in the 10,000 m.[1]

In 1933, Iso-Hollo broke the 3000 m steeplechase world record, running 9.09.4 in Lahti and went to the 1936 Summer Olympics as a favourite. He won the steeplechase by three seconds, finishing with a new world record of 9:03.8, and earned a bronze medal over the 10,000 m. After the Olympics, Iso-Hollo fell ill with rheumatism but kept on competing until 1945. He died in 1969 aged 62.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Volmari Iso-Hollo. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Volmari Iso-Hollo Archived 5 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ "Grave Site of Volmari Iso-Hollo (1907-1969)". BillionGraves. Archived from the original on 13 October 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Vuosisadan urheilijat". www.ful.fi. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  5. ^ Autio, Veli-Matti. "Iso-Hollo, Volmari (1907 - 1969)". Kansallisbiografia (National Biography of Finland) (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 13 October 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.

Further reading

  • Wallechinsky, David and Kaime Loucky (2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics – 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press, Limited. pp. 122, 169.