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Juha Tiainen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJuha Pekka Antero•Tiainen
Used nameJuha•Tiainen
Nick/petnamesJussi
Born5 December 1955 in Uukuniemi, Parikkala (FIN)
Died27 April 2003 in Nuijaama, Lappeenranta (FIN)
Measurements183 cm / 106-108 kg
AffiliationsLappeenrannan Urheilu-Miehet, Lappeenranta (FIN)
NOC Finland

Biography

In absence of Eastern Bloc throwers, Finn Juha Tiainen and West-German Karl-Hans Riehm were considered as hammer throw favorites at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, with Tiainen edging Riehm by 10 cm in the Olympic final to win gold. Tiainen also competed at the 1980 and 1988 Olympics, at the 1983 and 1987 World Championships, and at the 1982, 1986 and 1990 European Championships. He was also a six-time Finnish hammer throw champion winning in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1987 and 1990. By profession Tiainen was a police officer and, after finishing his athletics career, also worked as an athletics coach, but he died quite young in 2003 due to viral pneumonia.

Personal Best: HT – 81.52 (1984).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1980 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Juha Tiainen
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 10
1984 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Juha Tiainen
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Juha Tiainen
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 16 r1/2