Nurmi, a distance runner from Finland who often ran with a stopwatch, was known
as the “Flying Finn”. He was
born June 13, 1897. His first
Olympics was in 1920 where he won the 10,000-meter run and the
8,000-meter cross-country and obtained two
in the team cross-country. He also
obtained a silver medal in the 5,000-meter
gold medals in the team cross-country. He also obtained a silver medal in the 5,000-meter run.
Four years later in
Paris, he won five gold medals. He
competed and won the 1,500 and the
5,000-meter within ninety minutes of each
other. Paavo ended up setting world
records in both events. He won the
10,000-meter cross-country race. The
heat was so intense and the course was so difficult,
23 of the 38 participants were knocked out of the race.
The very next day he led his team to a victory in the 3,000-meter team
race. In 1932 during the games in Amsterdam he captured the gold
medal during the 10,000-meter run and the silver medal in both
the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Paavo Nurmi won nine
gold medals and broke 23 world records in his career.
Nurmi died October 2, 1973.
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