RITOLA Ville (1896-1982) Finland / Track and Field
This Finnish runner has had an exceptionally fine career.It began with sprinting, in which he beat two world records for the 100 m, and ended with long distance running. He was five times gold medallist, in 1924 and 1928, over 5000 m, 10,000 m and the 300 m steeplechase. Ritola was his fellow countryman Paavo Nurmi's only real rival. Between them they shared a great many rewards and Olympic titles. The former joiner who emigrated to the USA finished his sporting career with won of the most impressive rolls of honour in his discipline, even to this day.