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Juho Pietari Hannes Kolehmainen

Swedish: Johannes Petteri Davidsson Kolehmainen
Also Known As: "Juho", "Pietari", "Johannes", "Petter", "Hannes", ""Hymyilevä Hannes"", ""Smiling Hannes" "Flying Finn""
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Kuopio, Finland
Death: January 11, 1966 (76)
Helsinki, Finland
Place of Burial: Helsinki, Finland
Immediate Family:

Son of David Wilhelm Kolehmainen and Helena 'Leena' Sofia Heikintytär Mönkkönen
Husband of Alma Kolehmainen
Father of Hannes Kolehmainen
Brother of Heikki Taavetti Kolehmainen; August Wiljami (Wilie) Kolehmainen; <private> Kolehmainen and Maiju Taavetintytär Kolehmainen

Occupation: Runner, bricklayer, merchant
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About Juho Pietari Hannes Kolehmainen

Hannes Kolehmainen was a Finnish long-distance runner. He is considered to be the first of the generation of great Finnish long distance runners, who were coined as the "Flying Finns" and who "Ran Finland to the world's map".

Kolehmainen competed for a number of years in the United States, wearing the Winged Fist of the Irish American Athletic Club. He also enlisted in the 14th Regiment of the National Guard of New York, and became a U.S. citizen in 1921. See application form attached)

Kolehmainen, a devoted vegetarian and bricklayer by trade, was from a sportive family from Kuopio (his brothers Willy and Tatu, also an Olympian, were also strong long distance runners). He was one of the stars of the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, winning three gold medals. His most memorable was the one in the 5000 m. In that event, he ran a heroic duel with Frenchman Jean Bouin. After leading the field together for most of the race, Bouin was only defeated by Kolehmainen in the final metres – in World Record time. In addition, Kolehmainen won the 10000 m and the now discontinued cross country event. With the Finnish team, he also obtained a silver place in the cross country team event.

At the time, Finland was still a part of Russia, and although there was a separate Finnish team at the Olympics, the Russian flag was raised for Kolehmainen's victories, making him say that he "almost wished he hadn't won".

Kolehmainen's sportive career was interrupted by the First World War, but he remained an athlete to be reckoned with, although his specialty had now shifted to the longer distances, especially the marathon. At the first post-war Olympics in Antwerp, he won the gold medal in this event. He would also enter the Olympic marathon in 1924, but Kolehmainen did not complete that race.

By then, Kolehmainen had found a worthy successor in Paavo Nurmi. Together with Nurmi, he lit the Olympic Flame at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He died in that same city, fourteen years later

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December 9, 1889
Kuopio, Finland
January 11, 1966
Age 76
Helsinki, Finland
New York, USA
Helsinki, Finland