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Reima Salonen

Reima Untamo Salonen (born November 19, 1955 in Taivassalo, Finland Proper) is a retired race walker from Finland, known for winning the gold medal in the men's 50 km Walk event at the 1982 European Championships in Athens, Greece. A former world record holder, he represented his native country in three Summer Olympics (1980, 1984 and 1988).

He was the bronze medallist at the 1976 World Championships in Athletics – a one-off 50 km walk competition to compensate for the dropping of the event at the 1976 Summer Olympics.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Finland
1976 World Championships Malmö, Sweden 3rd 50 km
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 9th 20 km 1:31:32
50 km DNF
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 1st 50 km 3:55:29
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 12th 20 km 1:22:51
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 4th 50 km 3:58:30
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 42nd 20 km 1:28:25
18th 50 km 3:51:36


  1. ^ IAAF Statistics Book Moscow 2013 (pg. 179). IAAF/AFTS (2013). Edited by Mark Butler. Retrieved on 2013-09-09.
  • sports-reference
  • Reima Salonen profile at IAAF
Preceded by
Daniel Bautista
Men's 20km World Record Holder
June 9, 1979 – March 30, 1980
Succeeded by
Daniel Bautista

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