Viljo Leskinen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameViljo Armas Antero•Leskinen
Used nameViljo•Leskinen
Born16 December 1909 in Toholampi, Keski-Pohjanmaa (FIN)
Died16 November 1945 in Helsinki, Uusimaa (FIN)
NOC Finland


Viljo Leskinen competed in small-bore rifle shooting at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He had much more success at the World Championships. Leskinen won 12 medals at the Worlds, with five gold medals, five silvers, and two bronzes, from 1931-37. His big year was 1937 when he won eight medals at the Worlds, with two golds, four silvers, and two bronze medals. Many of those World medals were in team events, but he did win individual silver medals in 1937 in small-bore rifle, 3 positions and standing.

Leskinen’s brother, Kallervo Leskinen, was also a shooter who competed at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. Viljo was not around for those Olympics, as on 16 November 1945 he got into a dispute over a woman, and shot and killed the woman, Sylvia Savolainen, then turning the gun on himself, committing suicide.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Shooting FIN Viljo Leskinen
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) =15

Olympic family relations

Special Notes