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Jani Lehtonen

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJani Valdemar•Lehtonen
Used nameJani•Lehtonen
Born11 August 1968 in Mäntsälä (FIN)
Died22 December 2008 in Tampere (FIN)
Measurements179 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsKeski-Uusimaan Urheilijat, (FIN)
NOC Finland


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

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