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Lasse Viren

Lasse Virén is a finnish athlete. Lasse Virén has won four gold medals at olympics.

He is the only one, who has won both 5000 and 10 000 meters races in consecutive olympics. In Munchen olympics 1972 Virén won the 10 000 meters race with a world record time 27.38,4 and 5000 meters race with time 13.26,42. In Montreal 1976 olympics Virén won 10 000 meter race with time 27.40,38 and 5000 meters race with time 13.24,76. In year 1972 Virén trained 7600 kilometers, nearly a double from year 1970.

Career beside sports:

Lasse Virén has been finnish parliament member between 1997-2007 and 2010-2011. Hän has been leader of his own municipality from 1993. He has been a policeman, importor of Tiger-shoes and youth project leader of Suomen Yhdyspankki. After these tasks he has worked with family transport company, which transported traffic fuels. At the moment Virén-Yhtiöt Ky transports soil and rockmaterial with own transport vehicles.

Results in brief:

European championships in Helsinki in 1971:

Seventh place in 5000 meters race

European championships in Helsinki in 1971:

17:th places in 10 000 meters race

Munchen 1972 olympics:

New world record in 10 000 meters race with a time 27.38,4 and a gold medal

Munchen 1972 olympics:

5000 meters race with a time 13.26,42 and a gold medal

Montreal 1976 olympics:

10 000 meters race second best time in career 27.40,38 and a gold medal

Montreal 1976 olympics:

10 000 meters race with a time 13.24,76 and a gold medal

Montreal 1976 olympics:

Marathon fifth place with a time 2.13.10,8

Moscow 1980 olympics:

Fifth place in 10 000 meters race

Virén is chosen as a world´s best athlete in 1972 and Finland´s best athlete in 1972 and 1976. Virén retired after the Moscow olympic games in 1980.

  • Lasse Virén
  • Lasse Virén in 1976 Montreal olympics
  • Lasse Virén in 1976 Montreal olympics

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Lasse VirenĀ“s win in 5000 meters race in 1976.