Paavo Nurmi

Statue von Paavo Nurmi vor dem Olympiastadion in Helsinki, 1924 geschaffen von Wäinö Aaltonen
statue production by Paavo Nurmi before the olympia stadium in Helsinki, 1924 of Wäinö Aaltonen

Paavo Nurmi (* 13. June 1897 in Turku; † 2. October 1973 in Helsinki) was a Finnish athlete and is considered as one of the most important athletes at all.

Between 1920 and 1928 he won 9 gold medals with olympic plays and ran to 1931 24 world records from 1500 meters to the hour run (19,210 m).

To 19. It practiced and broke June 1924 for the olympic plays in Paris in Helsinki within one hour two world records, i.e. in the 1500-Meter-Lauf in 3:52,5 minutes and in the 5000-Meter-Lauf in 14:28,3 minutes. The puzzling Schweiger was annoyed thereupon only that it did not become certified with the 10.000-Meter-Lauf from the Finnish functionaries the start. It took eighty years, until Hicham El Guerrouj could repeat this olympia double victory 2004 in Athens - however the runs took place here on different days.

1932 it became still closed before the olympic plays in Los Angeles because of the injury of the amateur status lifelong.

Nurmi sank after this and other personal Tiefpunkten in Verbitterung. He saw himself as a victim of a Swedish Komplotts, when a Stockholm newspaper reported bad on him. Only 1952 awaked it from this Groll, when it was allowed to carry the olympic fire in the stadium of Helsinki. This reconciled it with the world.

Some years still left itself it as a man-rich from yesterday rich, but its life became an endless hurting way. Nurmi went blind almost, suffered several cardiac infarcts and was halflaterally.

When he deceased to 1973, of Finland wrote president Urho Kaleva Kekkonen (in former times even sportsman) a ring-back signal, in which as last sentence was to be read: „He was not lucky humans! “


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