|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Jani Valdemar•Lehtonen|
|Born||11 August 1968 in Mäntsälä (FIN)|
|Died||22 December 2008 in Tampere (FIN)|
|Measurements||179 cm / 75 kg|
|Affiliations||Keski-Uusimaan Urheilijat, (FIN)|
Jani Lehtonen was Finland’s best pole vaulter. When he died aged only 40, he still held the Finnish records with 5.82 m (outdoor) and 5.83 (indoor). Winner of four national titles in the event, Lehtonen never reached the final of a major outdoor tournament, always being eliminated in the qualification. In 1993, he did reach the final of the World Indoor Championships, finishing fifth, after having placed eighth at the European Indoor Championships a year earlier. By 1996, Lehtonen had retired from competition, and began coached other vaulters.
Personal Best: PV – 5.83i (1994).
|Games||Discipline (Sport) / Event||NOC / Team||Pos||Medal||As|
|1992 Summer Olympics||Athletics||FIN||Jani Lehtonen|
|Pole Vault, Men (Olympic)||=14 r1/2|