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Paavo Johansson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePaavo (Paul-)•Johansson (-Jaale)
Used namePaavo•Johansson
Nick/petnamesPekka, Suomen Jim Thorpe
Born21 October 1895 in Helsinki (FIN)
Died5 December 1983 in Helsinki (FIN)
Measurements170 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsHKV, Helsinki (FIN)
NOC Finland

Biography

Pekka Johansson’s bronze medal in the javelin at the 1920 Olympics was the international highlight of his career. He competed again in 1924, finishing eighth. In 1920 Johansson also took part in the decathlon, but had to retire after four events due to an injury. He later changed his name to the Finnish Jaale. He was a three-time Finnish Champion in the decathlon (1918-20), also winning three national titles in football as a forward with HJK Helsinki (1917-19). Johansson set national records in the decathlon in 1920 and in the standing triple-jump in 1916, 1917, and 1920.

Personal Bests: JT – 64.64 (1919); Dec – 7474.385 (1919).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Paavo Johansson
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) AC
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Paavo Johansson
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 8