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Paavo Nurmi

1897 - 1973

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Paavo Johannes Nurmi (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈpɑːʋo ˈnurmi] (listen); 13 June 1897 – 2 October 1973) was a Finnish middle-distance and long-distance runner. He was called the "Flying Finn" or the "Phantom Finn", as he dominated distance running in the 1920s. Nurmi set 22 official world records at distances between 1500 metres and 20 kilometres, and won nine gold and three silver medals in his 12 events in the Summer Olympic Games. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paavo Nurmi has received more than 753,562 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia. Paavo Nurmi is the 3rd most popular athlete, the 6th most popular biography from Finland and the most popular Finnish Athlete.

Paavo Nurmi was a Finnish runner who was most famous for his achievements in the 1920s and 1930s. He won nine Olympic gold medals and set 22 official world records in distances ranging from 1500 meters to 20 kilometers.

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Among athletes, Paavo Nurmi ranks 3 out of 3,059Before him are Jesse Owens and Abebe Bikila. After him are Emil Zátopek, Louis Zamperini, Bob Beamon, Spyridon Louis, Carl Lewis, Viktor Saneyev, Usain Bolt, Luz Long, and Ronnie Coleman.

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Among people born in 1897, Paavo Nurmi ranks 12Before him are Anthony Eden, Subhas Chandra Bose, Ivan Konev, Lucky Luciano, Ludwig Erhard, and Wilhelm Reich. After him are Georges Bataille, Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Norbert Elias, Pola Negri, Thích Quảng Đức, and Louis Aragon. Among people deceased in 1973, Paavo Nurmi ranks 19Before him are Hans Kelsen, İsmet İnönü, Walter Ulbricht, Ludwig von Mises, John Ford, and Abebe Bikila. After him are Max Horkheimer, Anna Magnani, Henri Charrière, Pablo Casals, Gabriel Marcel, and Ferdinand Schörner.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Paavo Nurmi ranks 6 out of 642Before him are Alvar Aalto (1898), Jean Sibelius (1865), Simo Häyhä (1905), Tove Jansson (1914), and Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867). After him are Sauli Niinistö (1948), Tarja Halonen (1943), Urho Kekkonen (1900), Mika Waltari (1908), Frans Eemil Sillanpää (1888), and Juho Kusti Paasikivi (1870).

Among ATHLETES In Finland

Among athletes born in Finland, Paavo Nurmi ranks 1After him are Hannes Kolehmainen (1889), Lasse Virén (1949), Ville Ritola (1896), Matti Järvinen (1909), Albin Stenroos (1889), Lauri Lehtinen (1908), Volmari Iso-Hollo (1907), Gunnar Höckert (1910), Lauri Virtanen (1904), Elias Katz (1901), and Veikko Kankkonen (1940).