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Vilho Ylönen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
SexMale
Full nameVilho Ilmari•Ylönen
Used nameVilho•Ylönen
Born31 May 1918 in Hankasalmi (FIN)
Died8 March 2000 in Konnevesi (FIN)
Measurements169 cm / 67 kg
NOC Finland

Biography

Sergeant Vilho Ylönen débuted at the Olympic Games in the winter of 1948, when he took part in the military ski patrol demonstration event and finished second with the Finnish team. Although a decent skier, who regularly competed in biathlon, Ylönen found his fame in sport shooting. As a sport shooter, Ylönen competed at four consecutive Olympics, starting in 1952 and won the small-bore rifle, three positions silver in 1952 and free rifle, three positions bronze in 1956.

Ylönen won four shooting World titles, as follows: 1952 free rifle, kneeling; 1958 free rifle, three positions; 1958 small-bore rifle, kneeling; and 1949 small-bore rifle, three positions team. He also won four World Championship silvers, one in 1952, and three in 1958; and six World Championship bronzes – three in 1954, two in 1958 and one in 1962. At the European Championships, Ylönen was less successful, winning only one title (free rifle, prone in 1955), but adding six silvers and two bronzes. Ylönen was also a three-time Nordic champion and 44 times a Finnish champion.

By profession, Ylönen was a career soldier, serving as a non-commissioned officer at the Finnish Air Force base in Tikkakoski. After retiring from the Air Force, Ylönen worked as a factory representative with Tikkakoski Arms Factory.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Military Ski Patrol (Skiing) FIN Vilho Ylönen
Military Ski Patrol, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) Finland 2
1952 Summer Olympics Shooting FIN Vilho Ylönen
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 11
1956 Summer Olympics Shooting FIN Vilho Ylönen
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 15
1960 Summer Olympics Shooting FIN Vilho Ylönen
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 17
1964 Summer Olympics Shooting FIN Vilho Ylönen
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 15
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 43

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