Matti Henrik JARVINEN

Olympic Medals
Games Participations2
First Olympic GamesLos Angeles 1932
Year of Birth1909


Matti Järvinen dominated javelin throwing from 1930-36, setting 10 world records in that period. To win the Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles 1932 he never took off his sweat pants. He was hampered by a back injury when he placed fifth in 1936. He was 1934 and 1938 European champion, the first title with a world record of 76.66, and he won eight Finnish championship titles. His father was the legendary Verner Järvinen and all his brothers were outstanding athletes including Olympians Kalle Järvinen and Akilles Järvinen.

In 1939, Matti Järvinen served in the Winter War on the Karelian Isthmus and trained soldiers to throw hand grenades. After the war he became a prominent economic adviser and was executive director of Otaniemi Sports Foundation. When he finished his active career in 1945, Finland’s Post Office honored him with a stamp showing his image.

Personal Best: JT – 77.23 (1936).

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