Markku Taskinen
Personal information
Born (1952-02-25) 25 February 1952 (age 69)
Kuusamo, Finland
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
SportAthletics
ClubViipurin Urheilijat
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m: 47.12 (1975)
800 m:1:45.89 (1974)
400 m hurdles: 51.92 (1979)

Markku Aulis Taskinen (born 25 February 1952) is a Finnish former athlete. At the 1974 European Championships he won bronze medals in both the 800 metres and the 4 × 400 metres relay. He was European indoor champion at 800 metres in 1978.

Career

Taskinen was Finnish national under-19 champion at 800 m in 1970 and national under-21 champion at both 400 m and 800 m in 1971.[1] He won his first national senior titles in 1973, winning both 400 m (47.9) and 800 m (1:50.0) at the Finnish championships.[1] He repeated as 800 m champion in 1974,[1] but was not expected to even make the final at that year's European Championships in Rome.[2]

At the European championships he placed third in his heat (1:48.7) and fourth in his semi-final (1:47.7); he was the last athlete to qualify for the final.[3] In the final he was in last place with less than 100 m to go, but passed five athletes on the final straight and won bronze behind Luciano Sušanj and Steve Ovett;[2] his time of 1:45.89 improved his personal best by more than a second and a half.[1] He won a second medal in the 4 × 400 m relay, running the third leg for the Finnish team; Finland was disqualified for shoving after a French protest, but filed a successful counter-protest and regained the medal.[2]

Taskinen won further Finnish 800 m titles in 1975, 1976 and 1978; counting indoor titles (one each at 400 m and 800 m) and relay titles (one at 4 × 400 m and two at 4 × 800 m), he is an 11-time Finnish champion.[1] At the 1978 European Indoor Championships in Milan he won gold in the 800 metres, ahead of East Germany's Olaf Beyer;[4] as of 2014, his winning time of 1:47.36 still remains the Finnish indoor record, though Wilson Kirwa and Ari Suhonen have run faster on oversized tracks.[5] At the 1978 European outdoor championships in Prague Taskinen again took part in the 800 metres, but was eliminated in the semi-finals.[3]

In 1979 Taskinen experimented with the 400 m hurdles, representing Finland in that event at the Finland-Sweden Athletics International and winning silver in it at the national championships.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Markku Taskinen at Tilastopaja (in Finnish) (registration required)
  2. ^ a b c "Osa 11, Rooma 1974: Kymmenen mitalin mahtipeijaiset" (in Finnish). Yleisurheilun Kuvalehti. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2014). "European Athletics Championships Zürich 2014: Statistics Handbook" (PDF). European Athletics. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  4. ^ Jalava, Mirko (ed.). 2013 European Indoor Championships Statistics Handbook (PDF). European Athletics. p. 494.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Jalava, Juhani. "Suomen kaikkien aikojen hallitilasto" (in Finnish). Tilastopaja.