The Finnish Olympic team now consists of 53 athletes. The Finnish Olympic Committee will announce on July 22 whether Olli-Pekka Kirjalainen or David Söderberg will represent the country in the men’s hammer throw event.
Merja Korpela (women’s hammer) and Jukka Keskisalo (men’s steeplechase) are still to match the qualifying results by July 22 to compete in London.
Meanwhile, the team that will represent Finland in the men’s javelin event in London has been settled. Tero Pitkämäki and Antti Ruuskanen have been selected to the team along with Ari Mannio, while Lassi Etelätalo is on standby.
Young middle distance runner Niclas Sandells beat the qualifying time for the men’s 1500 metre Olympic event by setting a new record at the Lapinlahti Elite games in a time of 3:36:38 to join the other Finns in London.
Sandra Eriksson also reserved a place in London by qualifying for the women’s 3000 metre steeplechase event by completing the event in a time of 9:43:48.
Anne Halkivaha also qualified for the women’s 20 kilometre walking race, while Emma Kanerva became the second dressage rider to qualify to represent Finland in London later this month.
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