|Competitor for Finland|
|Gold||1972 Munich||1500 metres|
At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City he came in 41st in the 1500 m, but would go onto improve his competitiveness considerably. Part of this was down to his legendary hill training of which he said "[it] is suicidal for other runners to copy my hill sessions without adequate background".
In Munich he won the 1500 m race in a time of 3 minutes 36.3 seconds, ahead of the legendary Kip Keino and Rod Dixon. This marked a memorable day for Finnish athletics because the great Lasse Virén won the 5,000 m at the same Games within half an hour.
|European Record Holder Men's 800m
20 August 1972 - 26 June 1973