Ilmari Vesamaa

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameIlmari•Vesamaa
Used nameIlmari•Vesamaa
Born4 December 1893 in Artjärvi (FIN)
Died24 January 1973
Measurements172 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsViipurin Reipas, Vyborg (RUS)
NOC Finland
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Ilmari Vesamaa competed in the 1920 Antwerpen Olympics in four different events. He finished the cross-country run ranked 14th individually and was a non-scoring member of the Finnish team, but he failed to qualify for the final of the 5K and steeplechase. Nationally he won Finnish titles in the 5×2,000 metre relay and the team cross-country event. Vesamaa also competed as a race walker, winning the 1922 Finnish title at 10K. He also set Finnish race walking records for the 3,000 and 5,000 metres.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 15:32.0 (1921); 3000S – 10:31.5e (1920).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics FIN Ilmari Vesamaa
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 5 h4 r1/2
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) 4 h3 r1/2
Cross-Country, Individual, Men (Olympic) 14
Cross-Country, Team, Men (Olympic) Finland 1 Gold