Finland at the
1960 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Finland.svg
IPC codeFIN
NPCFinnish Paralympic Committee
Websitewww.paralympia.fi/en
in Rome
Competitors1 in 1 sport
Medals
Ranked 15th
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
1
Summer Paralympics appearances (overview)
Finland at Rome 1960
Finland at Rome 1960

Finland competed at the inaugural Summer Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome. Like Rhodesia and Ireland, it sent only one competitor: swimmer Tauno Valkama. He entered a single event, the 50m crawl (class 4), and won gold - giving his country a perfect success rate for its first Paralympics.[1]

Medallists

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Tauno Valkama Swimming Men's 50 metre crawl complete class 4

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 1960 Summer Paralympics

Just like all other events at the 1960 Paralympics, swimming races were held with no more than three swimmers per event, thereby guaranteeing a medal to every swimmer completing his or her race. In his sole event, Valkama competed against two Americans: R. Maduro and Hall (full names not recorded).

Valkama was a clear winner, completing the race in exactly 51 seconds, making Finland's only medal at the 1960 Games a gold. Maduro finished in 57.7s, beating his compatriot for silver; Hall swam the race in 59.8s, for bronze.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Finland at the 1960 Summer Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee