Ville RITOLA

Finland FIN

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    5 G
    3 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Paris 1924
  • Year of Birth
    1896
Olympic Results

Biography

Ville RITOLA

During the 1920s Paavo Nurmi and Ville Ritola awed the sporting world with their domination of long-distance running.

Finnish duels

At the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, Ritola put on an incredible performance, winning four gold medals and two silver medals. In his first race, the 10,000m, he won by half a lap and obliterated his own world record by more than 12 seconds. Three days later, he won the steeplechase by 75 metres. The next day he finished second behind Nurmi in the 5,000m. Next he earned another silver medal behind Nurmi in the cross-country race and gained a gold medal as a member of the Finnish cross-country team. Finally, Ritola joined with Nurmi to win the 3,000m team race.

A victory by 12 meters

In 1928, at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, Ritola placed second - behind Nurmi - in the 10,000m. His last Olympic appearance was in the 5,000m. This time Ritola pulled away from Nurmi in the final curve and won by 12 metres. This victory brought Ritola's career total to five gold medals and three silver medals.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Amsterdam 1928

G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Athletics
S
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
#AC
3,000 metres Steeplechase
3,000 metres Steeplechase Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Paris 1924

S
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Athletics
G
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
G
3,000 metres Steeplechase
3,000 metres Steeplechase Athletics
S
Cross-Country, Individual
Cross-Country, Individual Athletics
G
Cross-Country, Team
Cross-Country, Team Athletics
G
3,000 metres, Team
3,000 metres, Team Athletics