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 early 20th century. Nurmi set 22 official world records at distances between 1500 metres and 20 kilometres, and won nine gold and three silver medals in his twelve events in the Summer Olympic Games. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paavo Nurmi has received more than 688,912 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Paavo Nurmi is the 3rd most popular athlete (down from 2nd in 2019), 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 3,055Before him are Jesse Owens and Abebe Bikila. After him are Emil Zátopek, Louis Zamperini, Spyridon Louis, Luz Long, Jānis Lūsis, Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, Dana Zátopková, and Dick Fosbury.

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Among people born in 1897, Paavo Nurmi ranks 10Before him are Amelia Earhart, Irène Joliot-Curie, Anthony Eden, Ivan Konev, Lucky Luciano, and Wilhelm Reich. After him are Ludwig Erhard, Subhas Chandra Bose, Norbert Elias, Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Georges Bataille, and Gordon Allport. Among people deceased in 1973, Paavo Nurmi ranks 19Before him are Ivan Konev, Abebe Bikila, Walter Ulbricht, Max Horkheimer, Ludwig von Mises, and İsmet İnönü. After him are John Ford, Hans Kelsen, Pablo Casals, Ferdinand Schörner, Semyon Budyonny, and Gabriel Marcel.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Paavo Nurmi ranks 6 out of 509Before him are Jean Sibelius (1865), Simo Häyhä (1905), Alvar Aalto (1898), Tove Jansson (1914), and Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867). After him are Sauli Niinistö (1948), Mika Waltari (1908), Frans Eemil Sillanpää (1888), Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832), Tarja Halonen (1943), and Urho Kekkonen (1900).

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), Volmari Iso-Hollo (1907), Gunnar Höckert (1910), Ilmari Salminen (1902), Lauri Virtanen (1904), Julius Skutnabb (1889), and Elmer Niklander (1890).