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Ville Pörhölä

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrans Wilhelm "Ville"•Pörhölä (Horneman-)
Used nameVille•Pörhölä
Nick/petnamesRöyttän karhu, Peräpohjolan peto, Mörssäri, Fransu
Born24 December 1897 in Raumo, Tornio (FIN)
Died28 November 1964 in Oulu (FIN)
Measurements182 cm / 90-105 kg
AffiliationsOulun Pyrintö, Oulu (FIN) / Kuopion Urheilu-Veikot, Kuopio (FIN) / Kajaanin Kipinä, Kajaani (FIN)
NOC Finland

Biography

Ville Pörhölä took part in four Olympic Games from 1920 to 1936, winning one gold and one silver medal. He changed his Swedish birth name of Horneman before the start of his competitive career into the Finnish Pörhölä. His nickname was the “Bear from Röyttä”, his home island. Pörhölä started as a shot putter, weight and discus thrower, turning to the hammer throw in 1929. With Pat O’Callaghan absent, Pörhölä won the title in the hammer throw at the first European Championships in 1934. Pörhölä also won eight Finnish titles - in 1922 in standing triple jump, shot put and shot put with both hands and from 1929-31 and 1934-35 in hammer throw. He also won the British AAA Championships in shot put in 1922. His trademark was a cap that he always wore in competitions. From 1946-50 he was President of the Sports Federation of Lapland. He worked for a large Finnish timber company, eventually as Managing Director.

Personal Bests: SP – 14.87 (1925); DT – 41.48 (1920); HT – 53.77 (1931).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Ville Pörhölä
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
56-pound Weight Throw, Men (Olympic) 10 r1/2
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 8 r1/2
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Ville Pörhölä
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) 7
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Ville Pörhölä
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Ville Pörhölä
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 11

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