Tero Pitkämäki, Finland

Tero Pitkämäki

Tero Kristian Pitkämäki (born December 19, 1982 in Ilmajoki) is a Finnish javelin thrower and the former World Champion. He has a personal best of 91.53m set in 2005.

Pitkämäki finished 8th in the javelin contest at the 2004 Summer Olympics with the result 83.01m and has since developed into one of the world's leading javelin throwers. As of August 2005, he had thrown 91.53m, hence he was one of the favorites at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, which were held in his home country. However, he was only fourth with a result of 81.27 m. Pitkämäki took his first medal by placing second at the 2006 European Championships in Athletics.

On August 5, Pitkämäki won his 4th Finnish championship in a row with a throw of 89.43 meters. In the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan, Pitkämäki secured gold medal in men's javelin with a throw of 89.16 meters. With his last throw in the competition, he bettered his final result to 90.33 meters.

Pitkämäki finished 3rd at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with the result of 86.16m and also took the bronze medal at the Europeans in 2010 in Barcelona with a throw of 86.67m.

He finished 5th at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with the result of 82.80m. His season best was 86.98m achieved in Stockholm a week after the Olympics.

In 2013 at the World Championships in Moscow he took the silver medal, finishing behind Vítězslav Veselý.

In 2014 Pitkämäki finished third at the Europeans.

source: Wikipedia

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