Hugo Lahtinen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHugo Jalmari•Lahtinen
Used nameHugo•Lahtinen
Born29 November 1891 in Tampere, Pirkanmaa (FIN)
Died29 December 1977 in Tampere, Pirkanmaa (FIN)
Measurements182 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsTampereen Pyrintö, Tampere (FIN)
NOC Finland
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Hugo Lahtinen was an enormously versatile athlete. He began as a speed skater and then switched to athletics. He was also successful in football, skiing, wrestling and cycling. Lahtinen set Finnish records in the 400 metres (1913) and three-times in the long jump, as the first Finn to better 7 metres (1914). Lahtinen was a four-time Finnish Champion in the pentathlon (1915, 1917, 1919, 1921) and twice in the long jump. He was later trained as a physical education teacher and became coach of the Finnish athletics teams in 1928 and 1932. Lahtinen also wrote several books on sports and sports facilities and was active in the Finnish Athletics Federation.

Personal Bests: LJ – 7.00 (1914); Pen – 3270 (1920).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Hugo Lahtinen
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 19 r1/2
Pentathlon, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) DNF
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Hugo Lahtinen
Pentathlon, Men (Olympic) 6