: 1936 games were the triumph of finnish distance running, only bronze medal
: at 5,000 m didn't came to Finland. And they were also the last games
: in many decades that Finns succeeded. Ilmari Salminen won 10,000 m and
: 5,000 m was won by ... oh no, I've forgotten that name, I'm so ashamed
: about myself... Those are the names real Finnish sportsfanatics never
: never forgets and now I forget it... oh boy... My dementia is worse than
: I thought. ;)
It was Gunnar Hockert, the first academic Finnish world class distance runner.
I think he was a business graduate and spoke Swedish as his mother tongue.
Unluckily Hockert died one day before his 30th birthday in WW II, while
fighting as a second lieutenant against --- Russia.
One more anecdote concerning Hannes Kolehmainen: After the Russian flag was
raised to honor his gold medals in Stockholm, he said to Philip Noel-Baker
(later a winner of silver medal in 400m hurdles and Nobel award of peace):
"I wish I didn't win, so I wouldn't have had to watch that damn flag!"
The Briton responded: "No, you are wrong. The flag-incident will be quickly
forgotten, but you have done a great deal in Finland's fight for independence."
Well, I suppose he was half right, half wrong.
Thanks Jari, for covering the story of the flying Finns, the more one deals
with it, the more fascinating it gets.