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Akilles Järvinen

Finnish athlete and decathlete

Died when: 37 years 169 days (449 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

 

Akilles Järvinen

Akilles "Aki" Eero Johannes Järvinen (19 September 1905 – 7 March 1943) was a Finnish decathlete.He competed at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics and won two silver medals, in 1928 and 1932; he served as the Finnish flag bearer at all three games.

He also won a European silver medal in the 400 m hurdles in 1934.Järvinen was one of Finland's most versatile athletes of his era.

At the national level, his decathlon records are still competitive, and if the current decathlon points tables had been used, Järvinen would have won the gold medal at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.

Järvinen died in 1943 when his VL Pyry trainer aircraft crashed during a test flight.His younger brother Matti was an Olympic champion and 10-time world-record breaker in javelin throw.

His elder brother Kalle was an Olympic shot putter, whereas their father Verner won one gold and two bronze Olympic medals in the discus throw.

He was killed during a test flight in World War II.


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