Akilles Järvinen won decathlon silver medals in 1928 and in 1932 but had to abandon in Berlin because of food poisoning. Järvinen carried the Finnish flag at the Opening Ceremonies for all three of his Olympic appearances. He set a decathlon world record in 1930, recording 8,255.475 at Vilpuri. At the 1934 European Championships in 1934, he finished second in the 400 m hurdles, a discipline that is not part of the decathlon. Järvinen was the Finnish champion over 200 m in 1929-31, over 400 m in 1930, in 400 m hurdles in 1933 and 1934, in pentathlon in 1928 and in decathlon in 1930 and 1932. Järvinen died in 1943 during World War II during a military training flight with a VL Pyry as co-pilot.
Personal Best: Dec – 6879 (1932).
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