Matti Järvinen (1909–1986)
Matti Järvinen dominated the world of javelin throwing in the 1930’s.
Järvinen made ten consecutive official world records between 1930 and 1936, improving his mark from 71.57 to 77.23 metres. He won Olympic gold in Los Angeles 1932 and European Championship titles in Turin 1934 and Paris 1938.
Youngest of the four sons of Verner Järvinen and coached by his father, Matti Järvinen was a versatile athletic talent: his success was based on speed and subtle technique rather than strength. After his own career Järvinen passed on his knowledge to future generations as coach and sports instructor.